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March 18, 1911

The Philadelphia Idea as to Medical Teaching

Author Affiliations

Baltimore. Professor of the History of Medicine, Univ. of Maryland.

JAMA. 1911;LVI(11):835. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560110057030

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To the Editor:  —In The Journal, February 25, p. 608, under the above heading, there is the following extraordinary statement, by Prof. H. A. Hare, of Philadelphia: "As a matter of historical fact, Jefferson Medical College was the first medical institution in America to establish clinical teaching."Now, "clinical teaching" is as old in this country as medical colleges; for, at the very beginning of the Philadelphia Medical College (University of Pennsylvania), we find that such instruction was given the students in the Pennsylvania Hospital. The first medical diploma, that of John Archer, of Maryland, (1768), is signed by "Thomas Bond, Collegii & Academ. Curator et Praelec. Clinicus" (clinical lecturer), with the following endorsement: "Fidem facio Virum ornatum Joannem Archer Praelectionibus Clinici et Praxi in Nosocomio Philadelphiense interfuisse et Fructus Diligentiæ suae uberrime consecutum fuisse."The younger Wiesenthal, of Baltimore, describes these clinics in letters to his father, while a

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