HISTORY OF PEDIATRICS The Internship of William Carlos Williams, MD, and His Abrupt Resignation From the New York Nursery and Child’s Hospital Howard Markel, MD, PhD t is fitting that it was a pathology professor, William Henry Welch, who best described what constituted a complete and successful career in medicine: “the almost perfect adaptation of 1(pxi) [one’s] talent and temperament to the accidents and circumstances of his life” (Welch I WH, review of The Life of Sir William Osler, Harvey Cushing Papers, Yale University Manu- script Collections, Microfilm 124, p 39). Although Welch was writing about the exemplary life of Sir William Osler, the axiom could be equally applied to the poet-physician William Carlos Willi- ams, MD. This article will discuss Dr Williams’ pediatrics internship at the New York Nursery and Child’s Hospital between 1908 and 1909, an intriguing period in his life that both tested his char- acter and demonstrates how chance or circumstance can have remarkable consequences in life. It was during this year that Williams engaged in a protracted battle with the hospital’s administra- tion over an order that he endorse a report of hospital bills to be sent to the State of New York. Williams
JAMA Pediatrics – American Medical Association
Published: Sep 1, 2000
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