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Charles G. Fowler lecture notes from the University of Pennsylvania

Identifier: MSS 2/027

Scope and Contents

The three volumes of Charles G. Fowler's collection of lecture notes documents the study of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania circa 1826. Volumes 1 and 2 consist of detailed notes from Nathaniel Chapman's course on Practice, Institutes, and Clinical Medicine. The notes describe the causes, symptoms, and treatment of fevers, blood diseases, consumption, asthma, and stomach disorders. There is a brief contemporary table of contents to Volume 1; a complete listing of contents for all three volumes was compiled during processing of the collection.

The third volume of lecture notes contains brief entries, all dated November, presumably 1826, from all members of the medical faculty at the University of Pennsylvania, including Philip Syng Physick, Thomas C. James and William P. Dewees, William Gibson, Robert Hare, John Redman Coxe, and Nathaniel Chapman. None of these notes are extensive. This volume also includes some notes on five cases at the Philadelphia Alms House, circa 1826, and a few personal financial accounts from 1852.


  • circa 1826-1828


Biographical / Historical

Charles G. Fowler of Montgomery, Orange County, New York, began his study of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania on 6 November 1826. He received his M.D. from the University in 1828. The subject of Fowler's graduate essay was tubercular phthisis.

Nothing else is known of Fowler's life or if he even practiced medicine; since volume 3 of his lecture notes includes some personal financial accounts, dated January, 1852, it may be inferred that he was living to that time.


3 Volumes

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Custodial History

The Fowler lecture notes were purchased by the Historical Collections of the Library of the College of Physicians on 4 March 1986 from Elgin Books, 336 DeMott Avenue, Rockville Centre, NY 11570. The volumes were catalogued in July, 1989.
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Part of the Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia Repository

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Philadelphia PA 19103 United States