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May 19, 1978

The Journal of William Tully: Medical Student at Dartmouth 1808-1809

Author Affiliations

Wright State University Dayton, Ohio

JAMA. 1978;239(20):2179. doi:10.1001/jama.1978.03280470091038

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The introductory essay by Dr Hayward provides an orientation to William Tully (1785-1859). After graduation from Yale, he became assistant to a physician, in Hartford, Conn, for 1 1/2 years. He then spent one year at Dartmouth attending lectures, given mostly by Nathan Smith. The essay concludes that Tully had a strong influence on medical education and progress. This is not established in the essay.

A foreword by Dr John Fulton states that the major importance of Tully's diary is the intimate view it provides of his teacher, Nathan Smith, who was indeed one of the outstanding physicians and educators of his day. The text, however, provides little orientation to Smith.

The journal itself consists of 76 printed pages. The first half is a rather prosaic account of Tully's journey to Hanover and his difficulties in finding suitable lodging. The second half relates activities and interactions with peers and others