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Philip Leidy papers

Identifier: MSS 2/171

Scope and Contents

This small collection of Philip Leidy material, 1880-1887, contains several letters, a formal presentation on nervous cases, some informal remarks, and report on the second recorded autopsy of Chinese man performed in United States.

The letter to G. L. Fisher describes delivery of diploteratologic fetus, and the letter to Philip C. Garrett presents Leidy’s views on treatment of insane patients.


  • 1880 - 1887

Biographical / Historical

Philip Leidy, Philadelphia physician and half-brother of naturalist Joseph Leidy, was born on 29 Dec. 1838. He married Penelope Maury Johnson in 1865; they had four children. Leidy died on 29 Apr. 1891. Leidy received an M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1859. After a residency at Philadelphia Hospital, he served as surgeon during the Civil War to the 106th and 109th Pennsylvania regiments. He was also examining surgeon for the U.S. Pension Bureau, port physician of Philadelphia, and physician-in-chief to the Insane Department of Philadelphia Hospital. Philip Leidy was a Fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia from 1885 to 1890.


1 folder

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Repository Details

Part of the Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia Repository

19 S. 22nd Street
Philadelphia PA 19103 United States