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Medical News and Perspectives
January 3, 2007

University of Maryland School of Medicine

JAMA. 2007;297(1):25-27. doi:10.1001/jama.297.1.25

Baltimore—In early December 1807, a mob opposed to dissection of human bodies razed the building where Baltimore surgeon John B. Davidge, MD, was teaching anatomy to aspiring physicians. The crowd carried off the cadaver.

Outrage over the rampage spurred introduction of a resolution in the Maryland General Assembly to establish a medical college in Baltimore. At the time, Maryland had fewer than 50 medically trained physicians. Delegates swiftly approved the bill.

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