Dartmouth Medical School lecture notes collection, 1842 - 1864Manuscript MS-1302

Introduction

Dartmouth Medical School was founded in 1797, as the fourth medical school in the United States. The founder was Nathan Smith, a Harvard University-educated physician from Cornish, New Hampshire. Noting the dearth of medical professionals in the rural Connecticut River Upper Valley area, Smith petitioned the Board of Trustees of Dartmouth College in August 1796, to fund the establishment of the medical school to train more physicians for the region. The Board approved the request, and Smith began lecturing on November 22, 1797.

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