Department of Pathology History



Here is the pathology quiz presented for fun at the 2013 alumni dinner. Try to identify each photo before checking your answer under the picture. The written test follows the photos below.

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Fred Sanfilippo's Mustache. Fred was the 7th director of the department, serving from 1993 - 2000.

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Pap Smear Models on the 4th Floor of the Pathology Building. The models were made by Sue Shutt, a who used to be the educational coordinator for our cytotechnology school. She was also an artist and used art glass to create the models based on illustrations from Dr. Papanicolaou's original atlas.

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Steps inside the Dome leading to the top. Technically the Billings Building, but we will give credit if you said Dome. Did anyone here live in the Dome during their training?

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Dr. Heptinstall cleaning one of the Pathology elevators during a workers strike. Stan Hamilton was the chief resident and was standing adjacent to Heppy, so we estimate that this was taken in 1975. Heppy says that Stan and David Keren were pointing out spots that he had missed.

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Dr. Boitnott's pipes. I find this collection particularly interesting because smoking is not allowed here at Johns Hopkins.

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Dr. Sharon Weiss (L), Dr. Risa Mann (R). Sharon and Risa were co-residents, and this picture dates back to 1972. I think Gary Hill and David Page were your chief residents.

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Dr. Ella Openheimer. Ella graduated from Goucher College in 1918 and then obtained her MD degree from Hopkins in 1924. Ella worked in the department for almost fourty years from 1924 until her retirement in 1963. She was a much loved teacher and she established the diagnostic indexing system.

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Head of Jesus, Top of the Christ Statue, Billings Bldg. This 10-and-a-half-foot marble statue of Jesus is actually a replica of a piece carved in 1820 by the Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen. It was cut from a single block of Carrara marble in 1896 for the princely sum of $5,360.

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Dr. Heptinstall's hand & pipe, from portrait on 4th floor Carnigie Bldg. Eh-gads Mabel, Heppy was the fifth director of the department, serving from 1969 — 1988.

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Dr. Arnold Rich playing at journal club. Dr. Rich, the third department director, serving from 1944 – 1958, would play the viola and his wife, who was an extremely accomplished musician, would play piano. They would also serve tongue sandwiches at journal club! Maybe a tradition we should bring back.

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Specimen Bucket that transported samples for frozen section diagnosis between Pathology and the Women's Building. They had a rope and pulley system between the buildings and the specimens would ride in the bucket high in the air as the residents would pull the rope.

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Pathology 4th floor Library. And who is the library named after? Ella Openheimer.

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Dr. John Yardley. If you notice he is riding a razor scooter. This is from soon after Weinberg opened and the faculty had to frequently walk back and forth between the Ross, Pathology and Weinberg Buildings.

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Dr. Joseph Eggleston. Joe took over in surgical pathology after Bill Shelley left, and was the head of surgical pathology from 1970 to 1989.

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Eagle on top of Sundial, Front of the Hospital.

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Goatee of Dr. William Welch, Statue Dr. Jackson's Office. Welch was the first director of the department, from 1884 — 1917.

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Door Handle, Pathology Elevator. I think it was Ivan Bennett who said when they became chair that the first thing they were going to do was to replace those darned old elevators.

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Cartoon of Dr. Yardley & Dr. Boitnott drawn by a medical student in their small teaching group. They served together as the 6th directors from 1988 — 1992. It is amazing that one can capture all of their features with such a simple outline.


  1. Who married a descendant of Paul Revere?

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    Osler married Revere's great grand daughter, Grace Revere. And they named their son Revere Osler. Osler was actually Lady Revere's second husband. Her first husband, who died, was the son of the famous Philadelphia surgeon Sam Gross - Sam Gross was the surgeon portrayed in the famous Thomas Eakins painting of surgery called the Gross Clinic

  2. Who refused to accept the American Board of Pathology and didn't allow his housestaff to take the pathology boards?

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    Arnold Rich. Dr. Rich correctly surmised that one day they will be telling us how to run our department.

  3. Who presented a CPC on hexes (both acute and chronic hexes)?

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    John Boitnott

  4. Who was the only department director elected to Skull and Bones at Yale?

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    Welch. Not even Halsted was elected.

  5. Who said "What do you have Johnny?" to whom?

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    Joe Eggleston. Joe was from Memphis and went to Duke undergrad and Hopkins Medical School. Joe would say "What do you have Johnny?" to John Cameron when Cameron brought down a frozen. Joe and John Cameron were medical school classmates here at Hopkins. Joe ranked higher in the class than John, and Joe never would let him forget it.

  6. Herbert Hoover attended his 80th birthday celebration.

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    William Welch - must have been a wild time! Welch was also one of only two pathologists to grace the cover of Time magazine.

  7. His daughter Adrienne became a famous poet.

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    Arnold Rich's daughter Adrienne wrote among other works, Of Woman Born.

  8. Had a relationship with the movie actress Gloria Swanson

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    William MacCallum, he was the 2nd director of the department, serving from 1917 – 1944. Gloria Swanson was a famous silent film actress, and was actually nominated in the best actress category in the first academy award.

  9. The only chairman of pathology who didn't train in pathology.

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    Ivan Bennett was trained in infectious disease. He was the 4th chair, serving from 1958 - 1968. There is a story of one of the surgical pathologists throwing a tray of stains against the wall when he heard that Bennett was selected

  10. It has been estimated that his research saves 100,000 lives a year.

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    Brooks Jackson.Navarapene research in Uganda. Brooks is the 8th chair and has served in that role since 2001.

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