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A History of Yale's School of MedicinePassing Torches to Others$
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Gerard N. Burrow

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780300092073

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300092073.001.0001

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The State Hospital

The State Hospital

(p.256) 13 The State Hospital
A History of Yale's School of Medicine

Gerard N. Burrow

Yale University Press

This chapter describes the relationship between the medical school and the hospital as one of mutual, although frequently strained, interdependence. Access to patients would be crucial to the success of the new Medical Institution of Yale College, “because theory without practice in this, as well as everything else, is comparatively of little use.” Of the ten incorporators who proposed the State Hospital in 1826, eight were physicians, including four professors at the Medical Institution: Nathan Smith, Eli Ives, Jonathan Knight, and Thomas Hubbard. The fifth Yale representative, Benjamin Silliman, had received an honorary M.D. degree from the Connecticut Medical Society but was not a physician. The solitary layperson, William Leffingwell, became the first president of the General Hospital Society of Connecticut.

Keywords:   medical school, State Hospital, Nathan Smith, Eli Ives, Jonathan Knight, Thomas Hubbard, Benjamin Silliman, William Leffingwell, Yale College

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