October 1966

Birth of a Nation's Hospital

Arch Intern Med. 1966;118(4):301-303. doi:10.1001/archinte.1966.00290160001001

Now THAT the University of Pennsylvania Medical School has safely celebrated its 200th birthday, it is a fitting time to look over several accounts of its historic Pennsylvania Hospital. Some while ago I obtained a copy of Francis R. Packard's charming essay "Some Account of the Pennsylvania Hospital of Philadelphia from 1751 to 1938." I found that the facsimile reprinting, together with an introduction, commentary, and notes of Benjamin Franklin's book upon which Packard's was modeled, was still in print and might be had from the Johns Hopkins University Press. One has only to add to Corner's new Two Centuries of Medicine: The History of the School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania to get a panoramic and comprehensive sequential view of the interrelationships of hospital and school as they have been seen from several vantage points, including a synoptic view of the present. Among Benjamin Franklin's remarkable capacities

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