New Exhibit Tells History of Wake Forest University School of Medicine

October 2, 2002

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – “The Legacy and Promise,” an exhibit highlighting the history of the Wake Forest University School of Medicine, will open at 2:15 p.m. Oct. 11 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The 50-linear-foot exhibit, which is located on E-level of the Medical Center’s Nutrition Education Wing, was designed to commemorate the medical school’s 100th anniversary.

The exhibit uses text, drawings, and photographs to tell the school’s story. It also includes a model of the original Wake Forest campus, on loan from the Wake Forest Birthplace Society Inc. located in Wake Forest, and wax sculptures that were used as teaching models at the turn of the century. The models, which helped medical students learn to recognize such conditions as smallpox and gout, are on loan from the Mutter Museum of the College of Physicians in Philadelphia.

“The School of Medicine has a rich and interesting history,” said Parks Welch, director of the Coy C. Carpenter Library, who chaired a committee that planned the exhibit. “The idea for a medical school for the Wake Forest College was circulated as early as 1849 in the Biblical Recorder and to be located in Raleigh.”

The exhibit was designed by Rob Hill Design & Illustration and Vince Cannino. ###

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