Walter Bauer_ M.D by wpr1947


									                         IN MEMORIAM

                    Walter Bauer, M.D.

\-J URING an era of exciting medical ex-  War to serve as Director of Medical Ac-
pansion when every internist was great-   tivities for the Eighth Service Command.
ly taxed to keep up with the revolution-     His research over most of these years
ary advances in treatment and countless   at the Massachusetts General Hospital
new diagnostic procedures, Walter         was concerned with rheumatic disease.
Bauer not only was a leader in research,  He was especiaUy interested in applying
but steadfastly held out for the simple   biological science to the various prob-
humanitarian values in practice. He       lems of this field and his laboratory pro-
really cared for his patients in both     duced papers and monographs on anat-
senses of the word. He looked after them  omy, chemistry, physiology, and pathol-
meticulously and he supported them        ogy. He was always interested in the
with his warm affection. He practiced     neurological and psychiatric aspect of
and taught the art of quietly sitting     rheumatoid arthritis and collaborated in
down to take a comprehensive history      several investigations of the psychologi-
so that he could learn what manner of     cal factors.
man or woman his patient might be. He        In 1951 he was appointed Chief of the
deemed it just as unscientific to neglect Medical Services at the Massachusetts
the emotional reactions as to omit the    General Hospital and Jackson Professor
study of the chemistry of the body. No    of Clinical Medicine at Harvard Medical
wonder that Carl Binger chose him in      School. His practice was confined to pa-
1948 to be one of his associates on the   tients within the hospital, and they came
editorial board of PSYCHOSOMATIC MEDI- from far and near to be under his care. In
CINE.                                     treatment he was conservative in that he
   Walter Bauer came from Michigan worked to conserve function and was
where he attended the University, tak- skeptical of new and radical procedures.
ing his B.S. degree in 1920 and his M.D. He did not hesitate to recommend psy-
                                          chotherapy as an important adjunct.
in 1922. He came to Boston in 1923; his
first year there he spent in studying the    In 1962 severe pulmonary disease put
internal secretion of the adrenal cortex an untimely end to these fruitful activi-
with Dr. Aub at the Harvard Medical ties. He died on Dec. 2, 1963. With the
School; he then became a medical resi- increasing complexity and specializa-
dent at the Massachusetts General Hos- tion of medical knowledge we may nev-
pital, where he continued his profes- er again be able to have as our leader
                                          such a sensitive, compassionate physi-
sional career until his death in 1963.
                                          cian with such broad knowledge and
There were two interruptions: one in
                                          training. But those of us who had the
1927 for a year as National Research privilege of working under Walter Bauer
Fellow under Sir Henry Dale in Eng- have a fine ideal to which we may aspire.
land, and another in the Second World                           STANLEY COBB, M.D.


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