Notes on Practice of Medicine, from Prof. Da Costa's Lectures, at The Jefferson Medical College, During Sessions of 84-85 and 85-86
William H.E. Wehner
Notes from the lectures of Jacob Mendes Da Costa taken by 1887 graduate of Jefferson Medical College William W. H. Wehner. Jacob Mendes Da Costa served in the U.S. Army during the American Civil War and undertook research on "irritable heart" (neurocirculatory asthenia) in soldiers, research that was of landmark importance in clinical medicine. After the Civil War, Da Costa continued his teaching at the Pennsylvania Hospital (1865-1900). He began at Jefferson Medical College as a lecturer on clinical medicine (1866-1872), then professor of theory and practice of medicine (1872-1891), and finally professor emeritus (1891-1900). While Da Costa retired in 1891, he continued his medical efforts as a consultant and supporter for medical education reform and served as a trustee of the University of Pennsylvania in 1899 (University Archives and Special Collections). Notes in this book include Da Costa's lectures on typhoid, malaria, yellow fever, small pox, and a host of other diseases. 179 pages.
University Archives and Special Collections of Thomas Jefferson University. 10 Notable Jefferson Alumni of the Past: Jacob Mendes Da Costa. Retrieved from: http://jeffline.jefferson.edu/SML/archives/exhibits/notable_alumni/jacob_mendes_dacosta.html
Syllabus of the Course of Lectures of The Principles and Practice of Surgery, Delivered in the Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia by Thomas D. Mütter, M.D. [Interleaved with student notes by Thomas Sydenham Reed]
Thomas Dent Mütter and Thomas S. Reed
1843 syllabus from the lectures of Thomas Dent Mütter, interleaved with notes from 1846 JMC graduate Thomas Sydenham Reed. Includes sections on Club Foot, Spasm of the Muscles, and other topics related to surgery. 256 pages.
Augustin A. Biggs
Notes from the lectures of Samuel Calhoun, John Revere (son of Paul Revere), George McClellan (founder of Jefferson Medical College), and Samuel McClellan written by Augustin A. Biggs. Lectures include such topics as “Concussion, and Overwhelming Shock,” “On Diseases of the Brain,” “Chronic Rheumatism,” and “Midwifery.” Dr. Biggs graduated from Jefferson Medical College in 1836 and practiced medicine in Sharpsburg, MD. He also served as the general superintendant of the Antietam National Cemetery during its construction (Western Maryland’s Historical Library). 172 pages.
Western Maryland’s Historical Library. Antietam National Cemetery Payroll, 1866-1867. Retrieved from: http://www.whilbr.org/AntietamCemeteryPayroll/index.aspx
Notes from a lecture on Midwifery by Dr. William Shippen, Jr. April 7, 1798; and Clinical Notes from the Pennsylvania Hospital, December 1799-February 1800
This notebook was written by student Uriah Derickson at Pennsylvania Hospital. The notebook includes notes from a lecture on Midwifery by Dr. William Shippen, Jr. that were taken on April 7, 1798. Shippen was a professor of Anatomy and Surgery at Pennsylvania Hospital from 1774-1806. He pioneered courses in midwifery despite opposition, and warned against the use of instruments in childbirth (Penn University Archives & Records Center). The notebook also contains clinical notes written at the Pennsylvania Hospital under the direction of Dr. Benjamin Rush and Dr. Philip Syng Physick. The notebook mentions that on February 26, 1800 “this Day Doctor Physic stops prescribing in the Pennsylvania Hospital.” For a transcription of the “Midwifery” section of the notebook, please download the additional PDF.
Penn University Archives & Records Center. William Shippen, Jr. (1736-1808). Retrieved from http://www.archives.upenn.edu/people/1700s/shippen_wm_jr.html
This collection includes medical notebooks consisting of lecture notes, clinical notes, and other notes penned by medical students and physicians from the 18th through the 20th centuries.
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