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First American discourse on Medical Schools  

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A Discourse Upon the Institution of Medical Schools in America; Delivered at a Public Anniversary Commencement, Held in the College of Philadelphia May 30 and 31, 1765. With a Preface Containing the Author's Apology for Attempting to Introduce the Regular Mode of Practising Physic in Philadelphia.

Morgan, John


William Bradford



vii, [1 blank], xxvi, [2], 63 pp. (8vo) 19x12 cm (7½x4¾") period full calf, gilt rules. Custom cloth case. First Edition. 

First Edition of the first American publication on medical education. In 1765 " Morgan proposed that the College of Philadelphia establish a medical school. His proposal was accepted and he was appointed the first professor of the theory and practice of medicine in this country's first medical school. The present treatise was prepared while Morgan was studying in Paris and he delivered it as the inaugural address at the commencement exercises of the College in May 1765. In this important early document on American medical education, the author discusses the nature and scope of medical curriculum, the importance of a comprehensive premedical education, the state of the practice of medicine in America, reasons for establishment of medical schools, and local factors that favored Philadelphia as a medical center." - Heirs of Hippocrates No. 1019. Cushing M510; Osler 3454; Sabin 50650; Norman 1549. Provenance: The Robert Honeyman copy (sold at Sothebys, in 1980 and again in 1994); the collection of George Bray.

Lot Amendments

Rubbed, head of spine chipped; partially erased early (1813) ink ownership marks on front endpaper, hinges cracking, old catalog description affixed to rear endpaper; foxing, stain on pages 58-59; very good.

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