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George Coates papers


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George Coates was born in the Germantown section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on March 24, 1874. He graduated with A.B. in 1894 and an M.D. in 1897 from the University of Pennsylvania. As an undergrad, he was Captain and Manager of the University's track team. Coates served as Assistant Surgeon during the Spanish-American War in the United States Navy on both the Battleship Richmond and USS New Orleans from 24 April 1898 until he was honorably discharged on 8 October 1898. Following his discharge from the Navy, Coates was a resident physician at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children until 1901.

Coates was an ear, nose, and throat specialist, and opened his own practice at 1721 Pine Street in Philadelphia after he left St. Christopher's in 1901. He also held the positions of Professor of Otorhinology at the Graduate School of Medicine and Chief of the Department of Otolaryngology in Presbyterian and Abington Memorial hospitals. Coates also served as a consultant at Chester County, Germantown, University, and Presbyterian hospitals.

In 1903, Coates was elected a Fellow in The College of Physicians of Philadelphia. He was also a Fellow of the International College of Surgeons, president of the American Laryngological Society, and a senior consultant of the American Board of Otolaryngology. He received the first Award of Merit from the American Otological Society in 1949, the Award of Merit of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology in 1946, the Newcomb Award in 1943, and the DeRoaldes Award in 1949.

Coates died at the age of 85 at his home in Valley Creek, Pennsylvania, on February 7, 1960.


"George Coates." Fellows Files. Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA.

Schenck, Harry P. "Memoir of George Morrison Coates (1874-1960)." Transactions and Studies of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia 4, no. 28 (1960-1961): 147-148.

For additional information, see also "A History of the Practice" by Philadelphia Ear, Nose and Throat Associates at (Last accessed on March 5, 2019.)

The George Coates papers cover the years 1897 and 1909 to 1910. The collection consists of two volumes, one of answers to surgical examination questions from the University of Pennsylvania in 1897; the other from 1909 to 1910, containing Coates' expenses for the years and what seems to be an address book of Philadelphia-area physicians. Also included in the collection are the questions to the examination questions.

Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia
Finding Aid Author
Chrissie Perella
Finding Aid Date
March 2019

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