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November 15, 1965


JAMA. 1965;194(7):825-826. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090200133031

John Morgan, the principal physician in the founding of the first medical school in the colonies, the American Philosophical Society, and the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, should also be remembered for his critical document on medical education and medical practice, and for his efforts to implement an adequate medical department in the Revolutionary Army. Each endeavor was notable and successful, except for the military appointment.

The Morgans of Philadelphia were affluent Quakers; Evan, father of John, owed his prosperity to real estate and iron.1 Young Morgan attended the Nottingham School under the classical scholar, Reverend Mr. Finley, and, through industry and ability, qualified in advanced standing for the Academy and the College of Philadelphia. His studies in liberal arts were complemented by a six-year apprenticeship with Dr. John Redman, the last year being spent as apothecary to the Pennsylvania Hospital; there he learned the favorite prescriptions of many

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