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June 14, 1965


JAMA. 1965;192(11):995-996. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080240065022

John Redman, preceptor of Morgan, Rush, and others, and the first president of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, waged a relentless campaign in support of inoculation against smallpox in the generation preceding Jenner's observations on the value of cowpox vaccine. Following an apprenticeship with Mr. John Kearsley, Redman practiced in Bermuda for several years. Subsequently, he pursued postgraduate work in Edinburgh with Monroe primus, in London at Guy's Hospital, and in Paris where he attended lectures and dissections. At the age of 26, the MD, with honors, was granted by the University of Leyden upon receipt of the inaugural dissertation "De Abortu," composed in Latin and dedicated to William Allen and John Kearsley.1

Redman returned to Philadelphia, one of the best educated physicians in America in the 18th century, to practice surgery and midwifery as a staff member of the Pennsylvania Hospital. His delicate health, however, proved a

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