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At the heart of Houston stands the Texas Medical Center. This dense complex of educational, clinical, and hospital facilities offers state-of-the-art patient care, basic science, and applied research in more than fifty medicine-related institutions. Three medical schools, four schools of nursing, and schools of dentistry, public health, and pharmacology occupy the thousand-acre campus. But none of this would exist if not for the generosity and vision of Monroe Dunaway Anderson, who, in 1936, established the foundation that bears his name. The M. D. Anderson Foundation ultimately became the driving force behind creating and shaping this leading-edge medical complex into what it is today. Enduring Legacy: The M. D. Anderson Foundation and the Texas Medical Center provides a unique perspective on the indispensable role the foundation played in the creation of the Texas Medical Center. It also offers a case study of how public and private institutions worked together to create this veritable city of health that has since become the largest medical complex in human history. Historian William Henry Kellar caps off a decade of research on institutions and characters associated with the Texas Medical Center. He draws on oral histories, extensive archival work, and a growing secondary literature to provide an absorbing account of this leading institution of modern medicine and the philanthropy that made it possible.
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WILLIAM HENRY KELLAR is the author or editor of books on a variety of topics related to Houston's history. He is affiliated with the University of Houston's Center for Public History.

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"William Henry Kellar's well-researched account of this unlikely success story chronicles step-by-step the Medical Center's steady march from vision to greatness. The author carefully weaves the Medical Center's growth with the history of this wonderful city in a thoughtful fashion that helps explain the symbiotic relationship between the two. It is a book worthy both of Houston and the Texas Medical Center."-Former President George H. W. Bush and James A. Baker III--George H. W. Bush and James A. Baker III (09/26/2013) This book is must reading for anyone who wants to learn how a great medical center came to be, even after the death of the man whose fortune made it possible. It is a story of vision, thoughtful planning, and most of all, the love for mankind of the M.D. Anderson Foundation trustees. They gave birth to the Texas Medical Center, now the largest medical complex in history.-Richard E. Wainerdi, P.E., Ph.D. President Emeritus--Texas Medical Center--Richard E. Wainerdi (09/26/2013) "William Henry Kellar s well-researched account of this unlikely success story chronicles step-by-step the Medical Center s steady march from vision to greatness. The author carefully weaves the Medical Center s growth with the history of this wonderful city in a thoughtful fashion that helps explain the symbiotic relationship between the two. It is a book worthy both of Houston and the Texas Medical Center."-Former President George H. W. Bush and James A. Baker III--George H. W. Bush and James A. Baker III (09/26/2013)" This book is a must read for anyone who wants to learn how a great medical center came to be, even after the death of the man whose fortune made it possible. It is a story of vision, thoughtful planning, and most of all, the love for mankind of the M.D. Anderson Foundation trustees. They gave birth to the Texas Medical Center, now the largest medical complex in history.-Richard E. Wainerdi, P.E., Ph.D. President Emeritus--Texas Medical Center--Richard E. Wainerdi (09/26/2013) "This important history should have been written years ago. Enduring Legacy enlightens us about the events that developed the Texas Medical Center and made it famous."-Mavis P. Kelsey, M.D. Founder, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic--Mavis P. Kelsey (09/26/2013)

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