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George McClellan, Founder
Establishing a School
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A Course of Lectures
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Changes Come to Jefferson
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Ticket for a Pancoast Lecture, 1842

Anatomy Ticket for Joseph H. Clarke, 1842. (Joseph H. Clarke Matriculation Card Collection)

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Many medical colleges in the 19th century differed greatly from those of today. Colleges such as Jefferson, that were not part of a university, functioned as a proprietary school, where faculty members jointly owned and operated the school as a business interest.

Students purchased tickets to attend lectures given by the professors, who in turn used the funds to pay for costs associated with running the school. Any funds that remained were divided among the faculty.

Ticket for a Dunglison Lecture, 1865

Institutes of Medicine ticket for N.M. Wilson, 1865. Signed by Professor Robley Dunglison. (N.M. Wilson Matriculation Card Collection)

Matriculation Ticket for Joseph H. Clarke, 1842. (Joseph H. Clarke Matriculation Card Collection)

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