Metamorphoses: Memoirs of a Life in Medicine (Hardback)
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Metamorphoses: Memoirs of a Life in Medicine (Hardback)

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Hardback 248 Pages / Published: 25/08/2004
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William G. Anlyan, a dedicated doctor and gifted administrator, was a leader in the transformation of Duke University Hospital from a regional medical center into one of America's foremost biomedical research and educational institutions. Anlyan's fifty-five-year career at Duke University spanned a period of extraordinary change in the practice of medicine. He chronicles those transformations-and his role in them-in this forthright memoir.

Born in Alexandria, Egypt, in 1925, and schooled in the British tradition, Anlyan attended Yale University as an undergraduate and medical student before coming to the relatively unknown medical school at Duke University in 1949 for an internship in general and thoracic surgery. He stayed on, first as a resident, then as a staff surgeon. By 1961, he was a full professor of surgery. In 1964, Anlyan was named dean of the medical school, the first in a series of administrative posts at the medical school and hospital. Anlyan's role in the transformation of the Duke University Medical Center into an internationally renowned health system is manifest: he restructured the medical school and hospital and supervised the addition of almost four million square feet of new or renovated space. He hired outstanding administrators and directed a staff that instituted innovative programs and groundbreaking research centers, such as the Cancer Center and the Physician's Assistant Program.

Anlyan describes a series of metamorphoses in his own life, in the world of medicine, in Durham, and at Duke. At the time of his prep school upbringing in Egypt, medicine was a matter of controlling infectious diseases like tuberculosis and polio. As he became an immigrant medical student and then a young surgeon, he observed vast advances in medical practice and changes in the financing of medical care. During his tenure at Duke, Durham was transformed from a sleepy mill and tobacco town into the "City of Medicine," a place where patients routinely travel for open-heart surgery and cutting-edge treatments for cancer and other diseases.

Anyone interested in health care, medical education, and the history of Duke University will find Anlyan's memoir of interest.

Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 9780822333784
Number of pages: 248
Weight: 517 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Anyone interested in how the Duke Medical Center climbed into the top echelon of such institutions during the last thirty years or so of the twentieth century will certainly want to read Bill Anlyan's memoir. While amply recognizing the valuable help that many of his predecessors and colleagues gave, he piloted the ship during the crucial years-and in this book he explains clearly how he did it."-Robert F. Durden, author of Bold Entrepreneur: A Life of James B. Duke
"Bill Anlyan has been a giant at Duke University and an important leader of twentieth-century academic medicine. This extraordinary book, written in a warm personal style, details the development and accomplishments of a remarkable human being. It is a fascinating read and provides an important perspective on Duke Medical Center's development under his leadership."-Dr. Ralph Snyderman, Chancellor for Health Affairs, Duke University (1989-2004)
"Bill Anlyan has been one of the most outstanding leaders in academic medicine. Knowing him has been one of the great pleasures of my life and career. This book is not only about his metamorphoses but also the metamorphoses of American medicine and medical education."-David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D., Sixteenth U.S. Surgeon General and Director, National Center for Primary Care
"Bill Anlyan's memoir documents Duke's development as a highly regarded academic medical center in the words of one who helped guide it for five decades. I have often been grateful for his straightforward advice during my years as president; historians, members of the Duke and Durham communities, and anyone who enjoys candid autobiographies by interesting people will now be grateful for this book."-Nannerl O. Keohane, President, Duke University (1993-2004)

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