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The Creation of the Nation's First Hospital

Benjamin Franklin

Dr. Thomas Bond

Patient Admission and Regulation

Caring for Some Very Colorful Characters

Pennsylvania Hospital's Influence on the Field of Psychiatry

Dr. Benjamin Rush: "Father of American Psychiatry"

Thomas Story Kirkbride and the Magic Lantern


(1712 - 1784)

Dr. Bond served American medicine throughout his lifetime. He was a member of the first medical staff at Pennsylvania Hospital, volunteering his professional services to the hospital from 1751 until his death in 1784. He also served on the Board of Managers.

A founder and trustee of the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Bond shared his skill and experience by delivering clinical lectures to students at Pennsylvania Hospital. The first of which was conducted in 1766. These early lectures earned him the title of "father of clinical medicine" in America.

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