MORGAN, JOHN. 1735-1789. A Discourse upon the Institution of Medical Schools in America.... Philadelphia: William Bradford, 1765.

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MORGAN, JOHN. 1735-1789.
A Discourse upon the Institution of Medical Schools in America.... Philadelphia: William Bradford, 1765.

US$ 6,000 - 8,000
£ 4,300 - 5,700
MORGAN, JOHN. 1735-1789.
A Discourse upon the Institution of Medical Schools in America.... Philadelphia: William Bradford, 1765. 8vo (185 x 118 mm). Recent speckled blond calf, endpapers renewed, moisture to corners and foremargins.
Provenance: John Stockton Hough (Presentation inscription, on an inserted leaf, to:) John Shaw Dr. Billings.

THE FIRST AMERICAN PUBLICATION ON MEDICAL EDUCATION.

FIRST EDITION In 1757 Morgan graduated from the College of Philadelphia which became the University of Pennsylvania in 1791. He received his medical training by completing an apprenticeship with the Philadelphia physician John Redman (1722-1808). Before going to Europe in 1760 for additional medical training, he served for several years as a surgeon in the French and Indian wars. While studying in Europe he received an MD degree from Edinburgh, was elected a fellow of the Royal Society, an associated fellow of the Academy Royale de Chirurgie de Paris, and became a licentiate for London's Royal College of Physicians. After returning to the United States in 1765, Morgan was active in teaching and private practice and also served for a time as medical director of the Continental Army. Upon his return, 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 inaugural address at the commencement exercises of the College in May 1765. In his important early document on American medical education, the author discusses the nature and scope of medical curriculum, the importance of the 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 the Medical Center. Of additional interest is this that this work was published by William Bradford the first printer in Philadelphia and the first to established a paper mill in this country in 1690. With an interesting provenance between two American medical greats, John Stockton Hough given to John Shaw Billings, who designed and helped found Johns Hopkins Hospital. Austin 1335. Cushing M510; Evans 10082; Garrison-Morton-Norman 1766.500; Heirs of Hippocrates 1019; Norman 1549; Osler 3454; Sabin 50650.
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MORGAN, JOHN. 1735-1789. A Discourse upon the Institution of Medical Schools in America.... Philadelphia: William Bradford, 1765.
MORGAN, JOHN. 1735-1789. A Discourse upon the Institution of Medical Schools in America.... Philadelphia: William Bradford, 1765.
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