Nathaniel Chapman, 1780–1853

[Mentioned in Science and Health, p. 163]

Nathaniel Chapman, a Virginian by birth, began his medical education as an apprentice. Further training included private study with Dr. Benjamin Rush, with whom he was a great favorite, a regular medical course, and graduate work abroad.

During his career as physician and teacher, he held three professorships at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was very popular among the students, who found his vast professional knowledge and ready wit most stimulating. He established the Medical Institute in Philadelphia, was President of that city's Medical Society and first President of the American Medical Association. He is credited by another physician with having "rescued medicine from the sway of hypothetic systems and restored it to ... common sense, observation, experience, and nature."

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