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March 16, 1912

An Appeal for a Monument in Honor of John Morgan, Founder of the First Medical School in the United States

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JAMA. 1912;LVIII(11):802-803. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260030200028

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To the Editor:  —John Morgan was born in Philadelphia, in 1735. He received his A.B. degree from the College at Philadelphia, now the University of Pennsylvania, in 1757. He was graduated doctor of medicine from the University of Edinburgh, and became a licentiate of the Royal College of Physicians of London, and later a fellow of the Royal Society.During the revolutionary period, Dr. Morgan was directorgeneral of the hospitals and physician-in-chief of the American Army. He was also a member and secretary of the American Philosophical Society of Philadelphia, and in 1787 a fellow and one of the founders of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, and later one of its censors.In 1765, he persuaded the trustees of the College of Philadelphia to organize the first medical school in America, and in this institution he became a professor and lectured for three years. He was thus in the

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