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Vital Signs

Then & Now

A reminder of the pace of change, and of timeless truths, from the 1972 Annual Review of Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital:

Dr. Jarrett Folley, MHMH's chief of staff, was quoted as saying: "I would foresee an extension of things done in the outpatient area . . . with [a] closer relationship with health agencies in other communities to provide continuing care. We will be trying to determine the role of our physicians in the broadening health-care system, particularly how they may better complement other physicians and hospitals throughout northern New England."

Number of employees today in the DHMC Office of Care Management, which coordinates patients' care not only during but after their hospital stays

A reminder of the pace of change, and of timeless truths, from the 1984 Dartmouth Medical School admissions viewbook:

Dr. Allen Dietrich said his objectives as a faculty member were "to establish a personal research agenda on preventive health care, to develop a strong family practice and primary-care clinical thread throughout the four years of the DMS curriculum, and to build a model family practice center. . . . I believe it is one of Dartmouth's obligations to teach its medical students . . . a person-oriented approach to medical care, not just a disease-, procedure-, or organ system-oriented approach."

Year Dietrich was named to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, a national panel of experts in preventive and primary care

A reminder of the pace of change, and of timeless truths, from the Spring 1987 issue of this magazine:

In an article titled "Pernicious Weed," Dr. A. Stuart Hanson, DMS '60, wrote: "As an internist specializing in pulmonary disease, I had begun to realize [10 years previously] that I was making my living from the end results of cigarette smoking. My mentors in pulmonary disease had trained at tuberculosis sanatoriums . . . but what I was seeing now, in my own practice, was a new set of pulmonary diseases that were in large part caused by tobacco."

Mentions since then in the magazine of tobacco's effects or of smoking cessation

Year DMS students began a tobacco-education initiative in local schools

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