Anthology of Quotes

Quotes by Welch

By Welch - On Germany and Science

Welch's letter to the German Ambassador

"To your Excellency I desire to express my sincere thanks for your generous thought in proposing me for this high honor and my cordial appreciation of your kind words of congratulation.

From no other source could I receive recognition so highly prized and affording me so much pleasure and gratification as from Germany, which has long held the primacy in science, and to which I have been bound these many years by cherished ties of close friendship, many dating from my student days, and by the large debt which I owe to that country for the best part of my professional training and for those scientific ideals which have been the main inspiration of such work as I have been able to do in behalf of medicine and science in America."

From Welch's letter to the German Ambassador, in response to the ambassador's announcement that the Emperor had conferred upon him one of the country's highest honors, the Koniglicher Kronenorder Zweiter Klasse, March 11, 1911.
(Box 259.2, f11) 

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Detail of fluorish on the German certificate.


By Welch - On Co-education

Welch, "Remarks at Memorial Meeting for Elizabeth and Emily Blackwell, " Jan. 25, 1911, in In Memory of Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell and Dr. Emily Blackwell, N.Y., 1911, p. 49


"The necessity for co-education in some form, becomes more evident the higher the character of the education. In no form of education is this more true than in that of medicine... I might say with reference to the opening of the School of Medicine at Johns Hopkins to women, that the Faculty deserve very little credit... for opening the doors to women. This, however, I may say -- that we regard co-education as a success; those of us who were not enthusiastic at the beginning are now sympathetic and friendly. The embarrassments which one can conjure up have not materialized at all. The presence of women, as Dr. [Stephen] Smith has said, has lifted the tone not only of the students, but I may also say of the professors of the School, and our Hospital is thrown open to women graduates. One of the most successful teachers on our Faculty is a woman."


By Welch - On Suffragists

Welch provides his sister with a description of the suffragists convention he attended, at the urging of Miss Mary Garrett and Miss M. Carey Thomas.

To his sister, Feb. 10, 1906

"I have been hobnobbing with woman suffragists, Susan B. Anthony, Julia Ward Howe, and others. Last night I presided at their meeting devoted to municipal affairs, which was largely attended. They seemed pleased with what I said, although I did not commit myself on the suffrage question. I told them the administration of the city was largely housekeeping on a large scale, and that the more women's influence was felt in such matters the better for the people... The suffragists are not such a queer lot of women as many suppose, and they could hardly have selected me to preside on account of their supposed preference for long-haired men. Still I am told by some Baltimore ladies, not in sympathy with the movement, that I was called in to discover the germs of the disease."

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