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Joseph Pancoast’s introductory lecture delivered October 14, 1859 commemorating Thomas Dent Mütter (1811-1859). Mütter was born in Richmond, Virginia and received his M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. He studied abroad in France and returned to Philadelphia, where he became the third Chairman of the Surgery Department at Jefferson Medical College (1841-1856). He achieved notoriety for his surgical corrections of orthopedic deformities. Mütter died in 1859 after bequeathing a museum bearing his name to the College of Physicians of Philadelphia.