Black and white image of a plaque commemorating the founding of a clinical research ward in 1925

Site of Ward 4 laboratories, 1924

From James Howard Means’s 1958 history of Ward 4, also known as the Mallinckrodt Research Ward, dedicated to clinical research: “Adjoining Ward 4 there were installed two ample chemical laboratories, and other laboratories – chemical, physiological, and bacteriological – were tucked away in every nook and cranny of the Bulfinch from attic to cellar…This utilization in every way possible of an ancient building gave such an unconventional and unplanned, and occasionally grubby, appearance, that once a visiting Englishman remarked, on being shown a laboratory in the cellar, ‘Thank God, at last I have found in the States a laboratory that doesn’t stink of money!’”