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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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Hard Times

Hard Times

The Dark Years

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A History of Yale's School of Medicine

Gerard N. Burrow

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on the death of Nathan Smith in 1829, which signified a great loss to the young Medical Institution of Yale College. His reputation as a clinician in conjunction with Benjamin Silliman's reputation as a scientist had been responsible for much of the school's initial success. Silliman now replaced Smith as the driving force behind the Medical Institution. From a pragmatic point of view, Smith had represented one-fifth of the medical faculty, holding the chairs in both medicine and surgery. To replace him Eli Ives was appointed professor of the theory and practice of medicine and Thomas Hubbard, a rural practitioner, became professor of surgery. William Tully took over Ives's former professorship of materia medica.

Keywords:   Yale College, Nathan Smith, Medical Institution, clinician, Benjamin Silliman, scientist, Eli Ives, Thomas Hubbard, William Tully

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