Nathan Lewis Hatfield, Philadelphia physician, was born in Montgomery
County, Pennsylvania, on 2 August 1804. He had several children,
including physician Nathan Hatfield. Hatfield died of bronchitis
on 29 August 1887.
Nathan L. Hatfield attended the Medical Department of the University
of Pennsylvania during the 1823-1824 and 1824-1825 academic
sessions. Although he matriculated for the 1825-1826 session,
Hatfield began to attend lectures at Jefferson Medical College
when it opened in October 1825 and received an M.D. as a member
of the first graduating class of Jefferson in 1826. His thesis
was on dysentery.
Hatfield practiced medicine in the Northern Liberties section
of Philadelphia, was a consulting physician and manager at the
Northern Dispensary, and served, from 1846 to 1848, on the city's
Board of Health.
Nathan L. Hatfield was elected to fellowship in the College of
Physicians of Philadelphia in 1855. He was also a member of
the Northern Medical Association, Philadelphia County Medical
Society, and Medical Society of the State of Pennsylvania.