Working to change US medical education was one of the Rockefeller Foundation’s biggest endeavors in the 1910s and 1920s, extending from Johns Hopkins in Baltimore to Beijing, China.
A massive program in nursing education extended to 53 schools across the globe. But it never became a top priority of the foundation that supported it.
Two decades of funding helped legitimize the study of psychiatry as a medical issue, not a problem of character.
In 1923, a wealthy philanthropist’s funding helped make life-saving treatment for diabetes available to patients and doctors.