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November 26, 1938

Some Account of the Pennsylvania Hospital from Its First Rise to the Beginning of the Year 1938

JAMA. 1938;111(22):2038. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790480068029

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Abstract

Firsts in various fields, whether books or buildings, are interesting. It is also important for American men of medicine to know something about the first hospital in the United States. This brief work by Packard, who is exceptionally well qualified as a medical historian, is full of important items. Benjamin Franklin while a member of the board of the Pennsylvania Hospital prepared and printed in his own printing plant a history of the hospital. To add to its historic value, "in the making of the present volume the printers have followed in general the size, format and typography of the earlier work." The Pennsylvania Hospital was founded in 1751. To quote from chapter II of Dr. Packard's work, "one of the objections made to the foundation of the hospital, when the matter was first brought up in the assembly, had been the expense that would be incurred in securing the

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