c. judson herrick. teacher
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C. JUDSON HERRICII:
Hundreds of students, undergraduate, medical, and graduate, rejoice in having had Professor Herricks guidance and inspiration. At Denison University, in spite of a very heavy teaching schedule, he succeeded not only in enabling many college students to grasp some of the essen- tials of zoology, but introduced an interested few to the finer structure and physiology of the human body and particularly to the nervous system. While engaged in teaching at Denison he achieved an international reputation for his work on the teleostean nervous system and kept alive The Journal of Comparative Neurology, founded by his brother, which has been such an important factor in bringing the study of comparative neu- rology to the position it now occupies. Professor Herricks colleagues and students at Denison all realized that association with him was a privilege.
The wisdom of another great teacher and a special providence brought him to a larger field at The University of Chicago. He came physically tired and far from well, but all were impressed by his brilliance and energy. His first course in com- parative neurology was a mighty inspiration to the group of advanced students who had come to work with him. To the beginners in the field it was a revelation. He began then the develop- ment of a course in neurology for medical stu- dents which, together with his Introduction, was to play so important a r81e in the transfor- mation of courses in neural anatomy from per- functory recitals of relations within the central
nervous system to expositions of the physiology of the nervous system from the anatomists view- point. At this time he began also the fundamental studies which still occupy his attention-the exhaustive analysis of the amphibian brain. During these twenty-five years at The University of Chicago many a larval neurologist has sat at his feet. His advice, his splendid library with its elaborate indices, his collection of material have been freely placed at the disposal of these students. Although always willing to help and advise students, Professor Herrick has expected them to work out their own salvation. When they have actually accomplished something, he has always been ready to devote weeks or months to reviewing the evidence and putting the report of the work in proper form.
Professor Herricks courses have attracted many advanced students of psychology, who in addition to actually seeing and handling the nerv- ous system have had the rare opportunity of getting from their master correct dynamic con- ceptions of the anatomy and physiology of the nervous system. Many hundreds of medical stu- dents have gone from him prepared to enjoy rather than dread o r avoid the neurological clinics. Teaching through his books, Professor Herrick has had a remarkable influence on many clinical neurologists. His approach to the study of the nervous system, his clear and delightful analyses of structure in terms of function, have been a stimulus and guide to many seeking to understand clinical phenomena.
All who have sat with Professor Herrick in the lecture room or laboratory remember first of all the generous, kindly, thoughtful man; then the keen, well-inf ormed, inspired teacher and investi- gator. All stand and shout Salve Magister!