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Histories of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

The history of Wake Forest School of Medicine and North Carolina Baptist Hospital is available in several books.  Visit the Carpenter Library and the Dorothy Carpenter Medical Archives to access them.


Chosen Instrument

Stroup, Virtie. Chosen Instrument : Affirming Medicine as a Calling.  

The author tells the story of the Chief of Professional Services at Wake Forest Baptist University Medical Center.  This story covers the tenures of the six chiefs from 1953 through 2000 illustrating the history of the medical center, portraying the mission of physicians, and envisioning the challenges of 21st century medicine.

 A History of the Nurse Anesthesia Program, 1942-2002

A History of the Nurse Anesthesia Program, 1942-2002: Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. 

For the sixtieth anniversary of the Nurse Anesthesia Program, the directors and members of the Class of 2002 have written and compiled a history of the program.  Graduates contributed written and oral histories. The result is a rich first-hand account of the program, personal experiences, and impressions of the profession and institutions in historical context.

 Miracle on Hawthorne Hill

Meads M., Davis K. The Miracle on Hawthorne Hill: A History of the Medical Center of the Bowman Gray School of Medicine of Wake Forest University and the North Carolina Baptist Hospital. 

Dr. Meads history covers the 1970s and 1980s in addition to the earlier decades addressed in other books. Supplements and appendices cover additional interesting topics.

 North Carolina Baptist Hospital and School of Nursing

Heinzerling, E.L. The North Carolina Baptist Hospital and School of Nursing : a History Written in 1960.

Edna Heinzerling, longtime Director of Nursing of the North Carolina Baptist Hospital School of Nursing, describes the history of the Hospital and Nursing School providing information not readily available in other sources.


 The Story of Medicine at Wake Forest University

Carpenter, Coy C.  The Story of Medicine at Wake Forest University. 

Dr. Coy C. Carpenter, student, faculty member, Dean, and Vice President for Medical Affairs, all from 1919 until 1970, presents a history of Bowman Gray School of Medicine from its founding as a two-year school in 1902; its move to Winston-Salem and transformation to a four-year school; the move of Wake Forest College to Winston-Salem in the 1950's; and the organization of the Medical Center.

One Hundred Years of Medicine Cover

Garrison D.S. Wake Forest University: One Hundred Years of Medicine : The Legacy of Yesterday, the Promise of Tomorrow. 

This history commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Wake Forest School of Medicine with photos and a historical timeline.



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