John Jones, lithotomist of New York and Philadelphia, and one of five petitioners for the founding of a medical school under the aegis of King's College, occupied the chair of surgery upon approval of the petition; in keeping with the honor of such a post, he prepared the first text on surgery in America.1 Jones was born in Jamaica, Long Island, of Welsh Quaker stock and was privately schooled in Manhattan (see cover). At 18, he was apprenticed to Thomas Cadwalader for three years. Formal medical training was not then available in the Colonies; therefore, Jones proceeded to London where he attended the lectures of William Hunter and followed the work of Percival Pott in St. Bartholomew's Hospital. He continued his learning in Paris, received the MD degree from the University of Rheims, and concluded his European pilgrimage at Leyden and Edinburgh.
The practice of surgery and obstetrics, begun
JOHN JONES (1729-1791) PHYSICIAN TO WASHINGTON AND FRANKLIN. JAMA. 1967;202(1):58-59. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130140116026