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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 Founding Years

The Founding Years

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A History of Yale's School of Medicine

Gerard N. Burrow

Yale University Press

This chapter describes how the Yale College curriculum was designed primarily for the education of clergymen. During the first half-century of the college's existence, nearly one-fourth of Yale graduates were ordained as ministers. The curriculum provided a classical education, which was also necessary to read the medical texts written in Latin. Graduates of Yale College, however, had been involved in the practice of medicine long before the founding of the medical school. At least 224 Yale graduates, or about 10 percent of those awarded bachelor of arts degrees, practiced medicine during the eighteenth century. These rates are comparable to the proportion of Yale graduates practicing medicine in the nineteenth century and are not dissimilar to twentieth-century proportions.

Keywords:   classical education, clergymen, Yale College, ministers, curriculum, medical texts, Latin, medicine, Yale grdauates

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