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Last modified: Monday, January 6, 2003

History journal views controversial start of IU School of Medicine

The contested founding of the Indiana University School of Medicine in 1908 is the subject of the lead article in the current issue of the Indiana Magazine of History.

Dr. Walter Daly, dean emeritus of the IU School of Medicine, wrote the article on the school's founding. He describes the struggle between Indianapolis physicians and IU President William Bryan over control of medical education in the state. Included is a reference to the problem of grave robbing to obtain bodies for anatomy instruction some 100 years ago.

The issue includes two other articles. One is a conversation between Doug Noble, the new head of the Indiana State Museum, and noted Indiana historian and IU professor James Madison. Noble says the museum exists to "spark people's imagination" and "fulfill their need to see objects in a compelling way. We're here to present ideas through objects that hopefully get people to think a little bit. We're not here to offer history degrees."

The third article, on the removal of German language instruction from Indianapolis schools between 1917 and 1919, was written by Paul Ramsey, an associate instructor and doctoral student in the IU School of Education.

The Indiana Magazine of History is published quarterly by the IU History Department in cooperation with the Indiana Historical Society. The current issue is the first under the editorial direction of Eric Sandweiss, a history professor at IU who describes his plans and hopes for the scholarly journal in the editor's note.

An important part of the journal is the review section, which introduces new books on various aspects of history, focusing on Indiana but also including the Midwest and the nation.

For subscription information, contact the magazine at 812-856-5394 or The journal's Web site is at

Members of the Indiana Historical Society receive the magazine as a benefit of membership. For details on joining the society, visit its Web site at