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Vital Signs

Then & Now

A reminder of the pace of change, and of timeless truths, from the Fall 1977 issue of this magazine:

Dr. Maurice Costin, DMS Class of 1940, shared some recollections of Dr. William Bodwell, Class of 1909. Their paths had crossed "when Dr. Costin set up his practice in Framingham [Mass.] in 1948 and over the years they exchanged stories of their days in Hanover. Dr. Costin [wrote in 1977] that 'Dr. Bodwell . . . used to have several jobs while working his way through Dartmouth. They included barbering, bartending, washing dishes, waiting on tables, helping Dr. Gilman Frost deliver calves on his farm, and taking care of Professor Emory's horses.'"

Number of students in the DMS Class of 2009 who grew up on a farm

A reminder of the pace of change, and of timeless truths, from The Journal of William Tully—a diary kept during 1808-09 by a Dartmouth medical student.

On November 29, 1808, Tully wrote in his diary about a lecture by DMS founder Dr. Nathan Smith. Smith "mentioned the importance of anatomy and physiology," called "the benefits of chemistry . . . inexhaustible," and said "botany is likewise of immense importance," Tully wrote. And, he went on, Smith told his students such knowledge "is also essential to private gentlemen," not just those studying medicine, because "a man who does not understand [science] appears like an ass in everything."

Number of science courses required in 2008 to earn a bachelor of arts from Dartmouth College

A reminder of the pace of change, and of timeless truths, from the 1902 DMS Circular of Information:

"Applicants for admission to this School must have (a) graduated from a registered college, or (b) satisfactorily completed a full course in a registered Academy or High School, or (c) have had a preliminary education considered and accepted as fully equivalent."

Annual Dartmouth Medical School tuition in 1902

Average annual household income in the U.S. in 1900

Fee to take the Medical College Admission Test at a U.S. test site in 2008

Average undergraduate GPA of first-year students in 2008

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