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April 10, 1967

Harvard's Holden Chapel

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Syracuse, NY

JAMA. 1967;200(2):182. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120150138040

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To the Editor:—  Even as a chauvinistic alumnus of the Harvard Medical School, I must insist on the correction of the historical inaccuracy in Herbert A. Shaw's claim for Harvard's Holden Chapel (199:282, 1967).Although it is quite true that the Holden Chapel in Harvard Yard served as the home for the Harvard Medical School from 1783 to 1810, the fire of 1810, destroying the chapel and also burning the school's entire medical library, put an end to its use as a medical school, let alone any other.The present Holden Chapel was reconstructed after this fire and has never served in any capacity as a medical institution.