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Early Pennsylvania Medical College Lecture Cards


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 Philadelphia College of Medicine, 1858-59, 1859-60

Pennsylvania College Medical Department

Medical Department of Pennsylvania College

(Only existed twelve years after being founded in 1847)

The Philadelphia College of Medicine, located at the northwest corner of Fifth and Adelphi Streets, was organized about 1846, and at its first commencement, in 1847, graduated eighteen students. The faculty were Jesse R. Burden, president; James McClin- tock, dean and professor of Principles and Practice of Surgery ; Rush Van Dyke, Materia Medica and General Therapeutics; Thomas D. Mitchell, Theory and Practice of Medicine; James Bryan, Institutes of Medicine and Medical Jurisprudence; Ezra S. Carr, Medical Chemistry; James McClintock, General, Special, and Surgical Anatomy ; Frederick A. Fickardt, Obstetrics and Diseases of Women and Children. In 1853, Dr. Bryan was transferred to the chair of Surgery ; Dr. Thomas Spencer was elected professor of Materia Medica and Pathology, vice Dr. Van Dyke, transferred to the chair of Practice of Medicine ; and Dr. Henry Geiger was elected professor of Obstetrics. From 1847 to 1854 about four hundred students were graduated. In the latter year the college was reorganized, and adopted the code of ethics of the American Medical Association.

The following were the officers and faculty under the new régime: Hon. Ellis Lewis, M.D., LL.D., president; J. R. Tyson, LL.D., secretary ; Dr. George Hewston, professor of Anatomy; Dr. B. Howard Rand, dean and professor of Chemistry ; Dr. Henry Hartehorne, professor of the Institutes of Medicine ; Dr. Isaac A. Penny packer, professor of Theory and Practice of Medicine ; Dr. James L. Tyson, professor of Materia Medica and General Therapeutics ; Dr. Joseph Parrish, professor of Obstetrics and Diseases of Women and Children ; Dr. Edwin M. Tilden, professor of Surgery. In 1855, Dr. Lewis D. Harlow succeeded Dr. Parrish as professor of Obstetrics. In 1856, Dr. Alfred T. King was elected to the chair of Theory and Practice of Medicine, vice Dr. Pennypacker, deceased, and Dr. George Dock to the chair of Surgery. In 1857, Dr. King was elected emeritus professor, and his chair was taken by Dr. Hartshorne ; Dr. William S. Halsey was elected professor of Surgery, Dr. William H. Taggart, professor of Materia Medica and Therapeutics, and Dr. James Aitken Meigs, professor of the Institutes of Medicine. In 1858, Dr. William H. Gobrecht was elected professor of Anatomy. In 1859 the college united with the medical department of Pennsylvania College, and the faculty of the Philadelphia College of Medicine became the faculty of the Pennsylvania Medical College, with Dr. Lewis D. Harlow as dean.

Pennsylvania College. Medical Department.

Faculty 1859

B. Howard Band, M.D., Professor of Chemistry.

Henry Hartshorne, M.D., Professor of Practice of Medicine.

Lewis D. Harlow, M.D., Professor of Obstetrics

William S. Halsey, M.D., Professor of Surgery.

William Hembel Taggart, M.D., Professor of Materia Medica.

James Aitken Meigs, M.D., Professor of Institutes of Medicine.

William II. Gobrecht, M.D., Professor of Anatomy.


Faculty 1850
Wm. H. Gobrecht, M. D., Professor of Anatomy.
B. Howard Rand, M. D., Professor of Chemistry.
Henry Hartshorn, M.D., Professor of Theory and Practice of Medicine.
William H. Taggart, M. D., Professor of Materia Medica and Therapeutics.
William S. Halsey, M. D., Professor of the Principles and Practice of Surgery
Lewis D. Harlow, M. D., Professor of Obstetrics and Diseases of Women and Children.
James A. Meigs, M. D., Professor of the Institutes of Medicine.
Wm. Bradley, M. D., Demonstrator of Anatomy.
Wm. H. Hazzard, M. D., Prosecutor of Surgery.
B. Howard Rand, M. D., Dean.


Medical Student: John K. Hartz

John K. Hartz, M.D., Litiz, Pa. , graduated Univ. of Pa. Medical Dept. 1860, member of medical society of Lancaster City and County

Howard Rand, M.D.    Lewis Harlow, M. D.    William S. Halsey, M.D.

During the Civil War, Lewis Harlow, M.D was a full surgeon, U.S.V.    Dr. Harlow was Surgeon in charge of the Philadelphia hospital and later was promoted to Surgeon of U.S. Volunteers. 

Wm. Bradley, M. D.      James A. Meigs, M. D.  

Assistant Surgeon William A. Bradley, United States Army, died February 27, 1869, at Point San José, San Francisco, California, of convulsions.

Military History.William A. Bradley, born in District of Columbia. Appointed from District of Columbia, Assistant Surgeon United States Army, October 22, 1861. With the Army of the Potomac, to December, 1862. Hospital duty, Washington, D. C., to February, 1864. In Medical Director's Office, Department of Washington, to June, 1869. At Point San Jose, California, to date of his death.

Pennsylvania Hospital, 1859

Medical Student: J. K. Hartz


Student: J. K. Hartz


Admit: D. A. Nelson, M.D.


University of Pennsylvania Medical Department, 1876-77

Medical Student: Robert C. Irwin


Name: Robert C. Irwin
Death date: Dec 31, 1929
Death date note: This is an approximation of the individual's death date.
Type of practice: Allopath
Medical school(s): University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville: Hosp. Med. Coll. of Louisville, 1860, (G)


Alfred Stille, M.D.

University of Pennsylvania, Medical Department 

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University of Pennsylvania

Penn Medical University  1876-77

Medical Student: Levi J. Enders (of Penn.)


Name: Levi J. Enders
Death date: Dec 31, 1929
Death date note: This is an approximation of the individual's death date.
Type of practice: Allopath
Medical school(s): United States Medical College, New York, 1881, (G)

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    R. E. Rogers, M.D.          H. C. Wood, M.D.

From 1862 to 1863  Dr. R. E. Rogers was an acting assistant surgeon, U. S. A., assigned to the Satterlee Military Hospital in Philadelphia.


During the Civil War, Dr. H. C. Wood served in various hospitals in the Philadelphia area.

H. L. Hodge, M.D.         Joseph Leidy, M.D.


     D. Hayes Agnew, M.D.        Frances G. Smith, Jr. M.D.

From 1861 to 1863 Frances G. Smith was medical director of the Christian Street Military Hospital, and left this post, under orders, to attend sick and wounded officers in the city.


David Hayes Agnew, M.D. (1818-1892), renowned surgeon and chair of operative surgery at the University of Pennsylvania.   Dr. Agnew was immortalized in the 1889 painting The Agnew Clinic by Thomas Eakins


Baer, B. F., M. D.



Penn Medical University  1879-80

Medical Student: L. G. Endrus



 E. D. Buckman, M.D.

During the Civil War, E. D. Buckman, M. D., of Pennsylvania served as an Assistant-Surgeon.


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