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Who helped to strengthen Howard University’s medical school early on?

Numa Pompilius Garfield Adams (1885–1940), a 1924 graduate of Rush Medical College in Chicago, became dean of Howard University’s College of Medicine in 1929 and immediately played a leading role in its development. He assembled the first ever all-black medical faculty, upgraded salaries and professional opportunities of physicians associated with the school, and raised the level of medical instruction and departmental morale.


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