Friday, February 6, 2015

The Memphis Hospital Medical College, 1880

Among the many enterprises inaugurated in Memphis none is of more interest and importance to science than the organization and erection of the Memphis Hospital Medical College.  No location can possibly be better adapted for such an institution.  Memphis, situated in the center of the lower Mississippi valley, offers great advantages to medical students who intend practicing their profession in the southern section of the country.  They will be taught by professors who are in daily contact and who are practically familiar with those diseases which the young practitioner will have to confront when he enters upon the discharge of the duties of his high profession.  The Memphis Hospital Medical College offers superior clinical advantages, medical and surgical, owing to the location in the city of the city, county, and marine hospitals, and the material furnished from the private practice of the professors.

The college is situated on Union avenue, in front of the marine and Memphis City hospitals.  It is an elegant and imposing structure, built expressly for the purposes intended, and containing all the modern conveniences and improvements.  Indeed, it cannot be surpassed in these respects by any medical college in the United States.  It is supplied with an extensive laboratory, supplied with apparatus, a museum containing valuable specimens and models, a large dissecting-room, a library containing several hundred valuable works of reference, private dissecting and faculty rooms, and college dispensary, besides all the necessary rooms and vestibules for students.  The amphitheater is most comfortably located and will accommodate three hundred students.  So far as practical anatomy is concerned, and that is the foundation stone of all medical practice, the material for surgical operations and dissection upon the cadaver is abundant.  The faculty has determined not to neglect this very important department; hence every possible facility will be given students to become thorough masters of this most important branch of study.  The private surgical practice of the professors affords unusual advantages to students, who will be enabled to make diagnoses and sitness operations.  The clinical advantages of Memphis are superior--with forty thousand inhabitants and a vast number of cases coming from Arkansas, Mississippi and Alabama where the poor and improvident are stricken with disease and anturally flock to Memphis to seek relief and hospital accommodations.  The faculty is as follows:  W.E. Rogers, M.D., professor of surgery--clinical, operative and genito-urinary; B.G. Henning, M.D., principles and practice of surgery; Heber Jones, M.D., professor of theory and practice of medicine and clinical lecturer on disease of the throat; F. L. Sim, M.D., professor of obstetrics and diseases of children; E. Miles Willett, M.D., professor of diseases of women; G.W. Overall, M.D., professor of physiology and diseases of the nervous system; Julius Wise, M.D., professor of materia medica and therapeutics and lecturer on clinical medicine; W. B. Rogers, M.D., professor of anatomy; Julius Fahlen, M.D., professor of chemistry and toxicology; W.D. Sinclair, M.D., professor of opthalmology and otology; A.D. Eakin, M.D., demonstrator of anatomy; W. E. Rogers, M.D. dean of faculty.

The college session will begin on the first Monday in October next, and will close the first of March, 1881.  Students can secure all necessary information by applying in person or by mail to the dean of the faculty, W.E. Rogers, M.D., No. 338 Main street, and from whom they will receive copies of the college announcement or prospectus, besides other information of value.  Already it is assured that the session will open with a large class of students.
Originally published in the Memphis Daily Appeal September 1 1880

The Memphis Hospital Medical College would later merge with the University of Tennessee Colleges of Medicine, Dentistry, and Pharmacy.

Other sources:
You can see a copy of the 1st Annual Commencement Program here.  Visit the Historic Memphis Website for more information about Memphis and her medical history.

Picture of a class of students at the Memphis Hospital College, 1901, and a cadaver.

1 comment:

  1. Dr. Henning (John Bennet Geaves) is over at Forest Hill Midtown. Good job on this piece!