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Biographical Memoirs: Volume 63
dispositions of the various labs, and to keep the Protein Foundation administratively separate from Harvard. What was left was amalgamated with the Department of Biological Chemistry, thereby adding Oncley, Surgenor, and Hunter to that department. These adjustments occurred with a minimum of unnecessary public attention.
EARLY HARVARD RETIREMENT
The handling of the laboratory experiments on the acid-base balance in an integrated fashion between the departments of biological chemistry and physiology through Baird's years at Harvard should surely be part of any history of interdisciplinary integration in medical education. A concept of a sweeping rather than a selective and topical integration prominently entered the scene after World War II, often selecting an anatomical basis for that integration. At points this drive could almost be called antidisciplinary when it became part of a "managerial revolution" in which the traditional function of department heads was sharply diminished. A mobilization of the worthy creative teaching urges of younger faculty members was also involved. This revolution was new enough so that Baird could not have foreseen its full implications for him. As he bent with the ambitious program for comprehensive teaching integration at Harvard, he became troubled with losses of his personal teaching responsibilities along lines about which he felt particularly conscientious.
At the same time, his full satisfaction in research was one that had always required more personal participation than he found he could now maintain, and not merely the administrative oversight that protected the research privileges of his collaborators, even if flavored by the courtesy of his receiving an occasional invited assignment in a cur-