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December 1960

Jefferson-Dunglison Correspondence.

Arch Intern Med. 1960;106(6):903. doi:10.1001/archinte.1960.03820060155031

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Anyone interested in the development of medical education in the United States under the influence of Thomas Jefferson and the origins of the School of Medicine at the University of Virginia, will be grateful to Dr. John Dorsey for his enthusiastic work in collecting and editing the Jefferson-Dunglison Correspondence. Dunglison, a young Englishman, was the first professor of medicine at the new university at Charlottesville. In the exchange of letters we see in intimate detail aspects of the twofold effect of Jefferson's influence on Dunglison and Dunglison's influence on Jefferson. Dunglison came as a very young man to head the school of medicine in Jefferson's "academical village." He came under the influence of the aging but alert Mr. Jefferson who was his patient during the last two years of his life, when he was treated for prostatic hypertrophy. We find the agreement under which Dunglison worked as a full-time clinical

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