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July 27, 2016 // By Paul Foster // Comments

Piecing Together Books from Penn’s Past

Before book“Holy moly! Look what we have!”

That’s what Irving Nachamkin, DrPH, MPH , exclaimed when he and his colleague Kathy Montone, MD, both division directors and professors of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Penn Medicine, pulled away the humble brown paper holding a small group of late 19th century books together.

They were told that some interesting things were found during renovations in the Perelman School of Medicine business office and labs of Pathology and Lab Medicine, but didn’t know what exactly to expect. They certainly weren’t expecting to find five historic books, including the meticulous notes of esteemed William Pepper, Jr., MD, the father clinical pathology here at Penn and an important provost for the University of Pennsylvania as a whole.

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