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"The First Fifteen Medical Colleges in the United States"

Charles W. Allen, M.D.
JAMA. 1913;61(7):506. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04350070060027.
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To the Editor:  —In The Journal (April 26, 1913, p. 1318) is given a list of the "first fifteen medical colleges in the United States." In this list the Castleton Medical College is not mentioned. I quote from the Vermonter for May, 1903: The first medical school established by act of the legislature in Vermont was chartered Oct. 29, 1818. This act gave to Drs. Theodore Woodward and Selah Gridley and their associates the charter of "The Castleton Medical Academy." A subsequent act in 1819 gave them the power to "confer those honors and degrees which are usually conferred by medical institutions." The first course of lectures at Castleton began Nov. 15, 1818. In 1821 the name of this institution was changed to the "Vermont Academy of Medicine." The fatal illness of Professor Woodward in 1838 arrested the work of the school temporarily, but in 1839 a new faculty was


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