College of Physicians of Philadelphia

The College of Physicians of Philadelphia (19 South 22nd Street), "founded in 1787, is one of the oldest professional medical organizations in the country. Twenty-four physicians of 18th-century Philadelphia gathered 'to advance the science of medicine and to thereby lessen human misery'."1.

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Its current headquarters, a building by Cope & Stewardson (1909), has been designated a National Historic Landmark in 2008.

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The Historical Medical Library of the College was established in 1788 and was "Philadelphia's central medical library for over 150 years, serving its medical schools, hospitals, physicians and other health professionals"2.

The College also owns a huge collection of portraits and busts of famous physicians and surgeons.

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The entrance hall and the staircase to the first floor

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The Norris Room

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The Weir Mitchell Room

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The Ashhurst Room

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  • Photos by Luca Borghi ti.supmacinu|ihgrob.l#| (June 2017), courtesy of Chrissie Perella, archivist, on behalf of the CPP.

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Bibliography

  • Julie S. Berkowitz, The College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Portrait Catalogue. With photographs by Rick Echelmeyer, College of Physicians of Philadelphia, Philadelphia 1984, pp. 244

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