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George Bacon Wood writings


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George Bacon Wood was born in Greenwich, New Jersey, on 12 March 1797; he was the son of Richard and Elizabeth Bacon Wood. George B. Wood married Caroline Hahn (d. 1867) on 2 April 1823. Wood died in Philadelphia on 30 March 1879.

In 1815, George B. Wood received his A.B. from the University of Pennsylvania. He then studied medicine under Joseph Parrish and attended courses at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his A.M. and M.D. from the University in 1818. Wood's thesis was on dyspepsia. After his graduation, Wood lectured on Materia Medica at Joseph Parrish's Association for Medical Instruction.

George B. Wood was one of the founders of the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy in 1821. He was Professor of Chemistry at the College (1822-1831), then Professor of Materia Medica and Pharmacy (1831-1835). Wood resigned from the College in 1835, to become Professor of Materia Medica and Pharmacy at the University of Pennsylvania. In 1850, he became Professor of the Theory and Practice of Medicine at the University and held that position until his retirement in 1860. Wood was Attending Physician at Pennsylvania Hospital (1835-1859) and President of the Board of Managers (1874-1879). From 1850-1860, Wood was also Chairman of the Committee on the Revision of the United States Pharmacopoeia. In 1865, he helped to organize the Auxiliary Faculty of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

Wood wrote several books, including The Dispensatory of the United States (1833), The History of the University of Pennsylvania (1834), A Treatise on the Practice of Medicine (1847), and A Treatise on Therapeutics and Pharmacology, or, Materia Medica (1856).

George B. Wood became a Fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia in 1827 and was President from 1848 to 1879. Wood was also President of the American Philosophical Society (1859-1879) and the American Medical Association (1855-1856).

The George Bacon Wood writings are a small collection of Wood's lectures, addresses, and other essays, mostly undated, with the exception of one lecture, given at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, dated 1848. Most of the lectures deal with material medica and pharmacology, including laxatives, syrup of ipecac, and astringents; some discuss the United States Pharmacopoeia and pharmacology in general; others discuss the parts of the body and how medicines work on or affect those parts. Also included in this collection is a valedictory address given at the University of Pennsylvania.

Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia
Finding Aid Author
Chrissie Perella
Finding Aid Date
February 2020

Collection Inventory

"An Essay upon the Lymphatics", undated.
Box 1 Folder 1
"Articles of food as laxatives", undated.
Box 1 Folder 2
"Case of Dr. Rogers", undated.
Box 1 Folder 3
Chemical lectures on soluble substances and absorption, undated.
Box 1 Folder 4
"Delivery in Medical Institute" on therapeutics, undated.
Box 1 Folder 5
Excerpt on Ipecacuanha from Pharmacopoeia, undated.
Box 1 Folder 6
"In the treatment of the affections of the chest", undated.
Box 1 Folder 7
Introductory lecture…on medicine, parts of the body…, undated.
Box 1 Folder 8
Lecture on astringents, undated.
Box 1 Folder 9
Lecture on cathartics, undated.
Box 1 Folder 10
Lecture on cinchona, undated.
Box 1 Folder 11
Lecture delivered at Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, October 1848.
Box 1 Folder 12
Lecture on pharmacology and the nature of the Pharmacopeia, undated.
Box 1 Folder 13
Memorial address on Dr. James Blythe Rogers, undated.
Box 1 Folder 14
"Mineral cathartics", undated.
Box 1 Folder 15
On phosphorous and capsicum, undated.
Box 1 Folder 16
"Part to which Medicines are applied: Stomach and Bowels", undated.
Box 1 Folder 17
"The investigation of the laws of nature", undated.
Box 1 Folder 18
The Modes by which Medicines produce their effect, undated.
Box 1 Folder 19
Valedictory address at the University of Pennsylvania, undated.
Box 1 Folder 20

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