Manuscripts and Archives of the Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia

Aaron Burr Tucker notes on the lectures of Philip Syng Physick Edit


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  • 1809 – 1812 (Creation)


  • 1 volume (Whole)

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  • Biographical / Historical

    Aaron Burr Tucker of New Jersey graduated from the Medical Department of the University of Pennsylvania in 1812. He set up private practice in Philadelphia. Tucker died in 1839. No other information about Dr. Tucker could be found.

    Philip Syng Physick, surgeon, was born in Philadelphia on 7 July 1768. He married Elizabeth Emlen in 1800; they had seven children. Physick died in Philadelphia on 15 Dec. 1837. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 1785, Physick studied medicine in London and received an M.D. from the University of Edinburgh in 1792. In 1790, he was House Surgeon at St. George’s Hospital in London. From 1794 to 1816, Physick taught clinical medicine at Pennsylvania Hospital. From 1805-1819, he was Professor of Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. Physick was noted for his development of manipulation in reduction of dislocations, the immobilization of hip joints, and his use of stomach tubes and animal ligatures in surgery. He was the inventor of needle forceps, a new type of catheter, and a snare for use in tonsillectomy.

  • Scope and Contents

    One volume (232 pages) of notes on surgery lectures delivered by Philip Syng Physick at the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Custodial History

    Bears autograph of Wm. H. Pancoast, M.D. Given to the College of Physicians July 19, 1897 by Pancoast.