American Civil War Medicine & Surgical Antiques

Surgical Set collection from 1860 to 1865 - Civilian and Military

Civil War:  Medicine, Surgeon Education & Medical Textbooks

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Pre-1864 Civil War Medical Colleges


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 Washington Medical College of Baltimore, established 1826-39


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Lecturers:   James H. Miller, Samuel K. Jennings, William W. Handy, John C. S. Monker, Edward Foreman, John R. W. Dunbar, Washington R. Handy

In 1833 the college obtained an independent charter from the legislature of Maryland In 1838 it erected a building on north Broadway being a part of that now occupied by the Church Home and Infirmary This building was used both as a general and Marine Hospital and as a place for medical teaching In its new location the college prospered for a time A new charter was obtained from the legislature which gave it the title of Washington University with authority to annex to itself the faculty of law divinity arts and sciences The latter authority was never exercised but the Washington University continued until 1849 t0 conduct its work in its building on North Broadway At that time its location was so far from the center of population in the city that it was decided by its faculty to abandon the Broadway site and to locate on the northeast corner of Lombard and Hanover streets A building long known as the New Assembly Rooms was erected by the University and occupied for several years when financial embarrassment overtook the faculty and brought about a suspension of the university work for the next fifteen years After an existence of 24 years during which time it had enjoyed a fair degree of prosperity the active work of the institution was brought to an unfortunate end


In 1867 Dr Edward Warren afterward distinguished as a surgeon in the Egyptian army and a few of his associates secured the old charter of Washington University and reorganized a medical college which found a location in a large building on the northeast corner of Calvert and Saratoga streets now occupied by the new building of the College of Physicians and Surgeons An appropriation was obtained from the State which enabled the reorganized university to secure a hospital and other facilities for medical instruction In its new location it enjoyed for several years good classes of students and an appearance of prosperity


In 1872 owing to disagreement in its faculty Dr Warner resigned and in association with several prominent physicians in this city organized the College of Physicians and Surgeons which in the spring of 1877 took over the property and franchises of the Washington University and put an end to the latter's checkered career The College of Physicians and Surgeons was incorporated under the general laws of Maryland with the following names as corporators Edward Warren MD professor of surgery Thos Opie MD professor of obstetrics John S Lynch MD professor of principles and practice of medicine WW Murray MD professor of materia medica etc Peter Goolrich MD professor of medical jurisprudence and toxicology


Its first course of lectures began in October 1872 in the New Assembly Rooms Numerous changes in its faculty were made in the first years of its life Dr Warren a moving spirit in its organization soon resigned to accept a high position in the service of the Khedive of Egypt In attendance upon its first course of lectures were forty two students of whom eighteen were graduated at the end of the session In 1874 the Maternite was opened on Lombard street the first lying in hospital ever established in Maryland


The taking over of the franchise and property of the Washington University in 1877 at once placed the College of Physicians and Surgeons on a successful and permanent basis.  Its faculty was privately reorganized and greatly strengthened by numerous resignations and additions Zeal energy and co operation characterized its teaching staff its property interests were strengthened and a spirt of progress soon placed the institution in the front rank of the medical schools in this country a position which it now holds The College of Physicians and Surgeons now owns a valuable college building located on the site of the old Washington University at the northwest corner of Calvert and Saratoga streets connected with the Mercy Hospital under the management of the Sisters of Mercy one of the largest and most up to date hospitals in the country The College has large classes of students and is equipped with every facility for medical teaching It has graduated hundreds of physicians who occupy useful and distinguished positions in the medical profession It has contributed an honorable fame to Baltimore as a center of medical education.







Lectures and theory


Medica materia or

Materia medica

Anatomy and physiology


Surgical anatomy

Surgical pathology

Clinical surgery

Military surgery

Pathology and practical medicine

Medicine and surgery

Principals practice and operations of surgery

Department of medicine



Nervous diseases


Venereal diseases





Orthopedic surgery

Comparative anatomy

Operative surgery




Medical Lecture Cards:

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Index of Medical Colleges in existence prior to and during the Civil War

Medical Antiques Index

American Civil War Medicine & Surgical Antiques Index

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Civil War Medical Collections 


Direct links to all medical & Civil War collections on this site                         

American Surgical Sets:

Pre-Civil War:  1 | 2  -   Post-Civil War:  3  -  Civil War 1861-1865:  4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8   INDEX

Medical Text-Books:

1 | 1a | 2 | 2a | 3 | 3a | 4 | 4a | 5 | 5a | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 9a | 10 | 11 | 12    INDEX

Surgeon General's Office Library printed catalogues: 1840 | 1864 | 1865
Medical Lecture Cards: 1 | 2 | 34 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21    INDEX

Medical Faculty and Authors:


Navy Surgeon Exams:

1863 Navy Surgeon Applicant Exams with Biographies   INDEX ONE | INDEX TWO

Surgeon CDVs, Images:

Army: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8    INDEX

Navy: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8   

Hosp Dep't Bottles, Tins, 

U.S. Army Pannier:

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

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