August 21, 2019

New history of WSU School of Medicine now available

Dean Sobel book
Dean Sobel and Larry Stephenson with 150 book
Dean Jack D. Sobel, M.D., and Larry Stephenson, M.D., author of the new
history of the Wayne State University School of Medicine.

A new hardcover book detailing the 150-year history of the Wayne State University School of Medicine is now available. Written by Professor Emeritus of Surgery Larry Stephenson, M.D., to commemorate the 150th anniversary of our founding, “Wayne State University School of Medicine: 150 Years, 1868-2018,” is the complete history of the school, its faculty and leadership, and its role in the history of medicine in Detroit and Michigan.

“This book is the result of three years of intensive research by Dr. Stephenson, who I commissioned to compile our history. He was fortunate in this momentous task to access a treasure trove of information from multiple sources, including interviews with past university presidents, deans and medical center chief executive officers,” Dean Jack D. Sobel, M.D., said. “Our history parallels the growth of our city and state. We played a significant role in creating and writing a far larger history as well, from our role in the foundation of diabetes treatment that continues today, to developing methods critical to blood-clotting treatments on the battlefields of World War II.”

The history describes how and why the School of Medicine was founded, the people and personalities who changed the face of medicine and medical research, and those who worked to overturn segregation in the field of medicine and in Detroit’s hospitals.

Dean Sobel authorized the publication of a limited number of the 563-page hardcover edition. Copies can be ordered for $50, plus shipping and handling here.

The book also is available for purchase by credit card in the Alumni Affairs Office, 1369 Scott Hall.