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During the opening year of the Revolution the newly formed Continental Army conducted two major campaigns. One, the Siege of Boston, basically a defensive operation, ended in a vital and exhilarating victory. The other, the offensive operation to secure Canada for the Whig cause, resulted in a...
While preparing his doctoral dissertation for the PhD degree in history, Whitfield J. Bell became interested in the physicians of 18th-century Philadelphia, and his subsequent work in medical history shows how an apparently narrow focus can brilliantly illuminate a vast area. Philadelphia we can...
Of the dedicated band of 57 men who put their signatures to the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, five were physicians—Josiah Bartlett and Matthew Thornton of New Hampshire, Lyman Hall and Oliver Wolcott of Connecticut, and Benjamin Rush of Pennsylvania. Rush, in particular, would...
Settled670, Charleston could 1 lay no claim to medical distinction until after the first quarter of the 18th century. The usual difficulties of the early period of settlement had been met with moderate success. Among them were numerous unhappy experiences with serious disease of epidemic...
In 1775 a Virginia physician penned the following certificate1:
These Presents will Inform All whom are Concernd that Mr Cary Henry Hampton of the County of Pr William in the Colony of Virginia hath Compleatd his Apprentisship to my Instruction in the Arts & Scienes [sic] of Anatomy, Chirurgery,...
Patients with aspiration problems aided by reversible operation
Patients with a nonfunctioning larynx who suffer endlessly from intractable aspiration and repeated bouts of aspiration pneumonia may benefit from a new and reversible surgical procedure: tracheoesophageal anastomosis with...
We are now celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence—not the signing of that document but its assertion; literally, the declaration. In any such celebration, the personal reactions will vary. There may be thankfulness that we have passed a milestone; or pride in...
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