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Nathaniel Chapman letter to Dr. Welford


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Nathaniel Chapman (1780-1853) studied medicine in Philadelphia as a private pupil of Benjamin Rush and later at the Medical School of the University of Pennsylvania, from which he graduated in 1801. He practiced medicine in Philadelphia for fifty years, but is best known as a medical teacher, editor, and professional advocate. He became editor of the Philadelphia Journal of the Medical and Physical Sciences in 1820, a journal still published today (2000) as the American Journal of the Medical Sciences. From 1810 on he taught at the University of Pennsylvania, serving as professor of materia medica and professor of the theory and practice of medicine and clinical medicine. In 1817 Chapman founded the Medical Institute of Philadelphia, considered the first medical post-graduate school in the United States. Chapman was the first president of the American Medical Association and served as President of the American Philosophical Society. Chapman was also a Fellow of the College of Physicians, elected in 1807.

This is a letter written by Nathaniel Chapman, in Philadelphia, Pa., to a Dr. Welford, and is dated 19 July 1839. The letter discusses the case of Mr. Alexander, who suffered from a tumor in his bowel, and offers suggestions for treatment. The collection includes a typed transcription of the letter.

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2012; revised October 2018
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