After leaving her native Germany for America with her husband in 1937, ILZA VEITH, Med 1947 (PhD), enrolled at Johns Hopkins and became the first person at Hopkins--and in the United States--to receive a doctorate in the History of Medicine. HANS VEITH, who died in 1991, had pursued a career in business and investments. Ilza Veith went on to serve on the faculty of the University of Chicago, then as vice chair of the Department of the History of Health Sciences at the University of California, specializing in the history of psychiatry and of Far Eastern medicine. Among her many publications are The Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine; Hysteria: The History of a Disease; and Can You Hear the Clapping of One Hand? Learning to Live with a Stroke.
HENRY E. SIGERIST, in whose memory the Veiths established this chair, headed the History of Medicine Department when Dr. Veith was a student. In addition to expanding the department, he founded the Bulletin of the History of Medicine, and invigorated the American Association for the History of Medicine. He was a strong advocate of nationalized medicine and compulsory health care insurance. When he appeared on the cover of Time in 1939, the accompanying article called him "the world's greatest medical historian."