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Chester R. Burns

Chester R. Burns, M.D., Ph.D., was the James Wade Rockwell Professor of Medical History in the Institute for the Medical Humanities at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. He received a medical degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and a Ph.D. in medical history from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Burns was the author of more than one hundred publications dealing with the history of health care in Texas, the history of medical ethics, and the history of humanities education in medical schools. He was the advisory editor for the health and medicine entries in the New Handbook of Texas.

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In 1881 the voting citizens of Texas located their state's first university medical school on an island in the Gulf of Mexico. Some probably...