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Duke Hospital opens for patients on July 21, 1930.
Classes began in Hospital Administration, dietetics, and medical technology on 15 August.
The eighteen third year and thirty first year medical students began classes on 2 October.
The Duke School of Nursing's first class of 24 undergraduate students begin classes January 2.
Dedication ceremony for Duke Medical School and Hospital on 20 April.
Duke’s Private Diagnostic Clinic opens, an independent, for-profit group practice affiliated with Duke Hospital and Duke University (not part of current health system) were organized September 15.
Baker House, named for Bessie Baker, first Dean of Nursing at Duke Hospital, opened.
The first Duke Medical Postgraduate Symposium is offered to physicians in the southeast.
The Association of American Medical Colleges ranks Duke among the top 25 percent of medical schools in the country-less than five years after it opened.
Duke surgeons led by Dr. J. Deryl Hart pioneer the use of ultraviolet lamps in operating rooms to eliminate infectious organisms that cause post-operative Staph infections. This procedure dramatically reduces the number of infections and related deaths.
Dr. Joseph Beard developed a vaccine against equine encephalomyelitis.
Duke establishes the nation's first brain tumor program, launching what will become one of the world's foremost cancer programs.
Continuing through the 1940s and 1950s, Dr. Walter Kempner's research, using a rice-based diet and daily laboratory testing, demonstrates that degenerative processes attacking the kidney, heart, brain and retina can be arrested by dietary changes. These dramatic findings draw patients to Duke from across the nation.