1826 Dartmouth Medical Diploma

1826 Dartmouth Medical Diploma


1826 Dartmouth Medical Diploma





Country of manufacture

North America

Categories: Medicine, Other Medical Antiques



 A Dartmouth medical diploma, printed on vellum, that was awarded to Benjamin Hatch Bridgman in 1826.  Bridgman was not a medical notable but rather a country doctor  who was also involved in local and state politics.See link that follows. 


 Dartmouth was third medical school to be established in the USA, following the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University. 


American medical diplomas from the first quarter of the 19th century are not common. When they do turn up the seal is often gone,which in this example is present. 14.25″ x 14.25″ approx. It is in good overall condition: the signatures are faded but legible. It is signed by Bennett Tyler (1783-1858), 5th President of Dartmouth; Reuben Dimond Mussey,MD (1780-1866), Daniel Oliver,MD (1787-1842) and James Freeman Dana,MD(1793-1827). Perhaps the most medically notable of the bunch is Mussey, who is credited as being the first surgeon to tie off both carotid arteries in1829. Dana was the first person to hold a chair in chemistry at Dartmouth, despite being an MD.They all have Wiki listings.

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M and R Gordon

Michael and Roberta Gordon have been dealing in medical and dental antiques for more than four decades. They have helped build a number of major private collections and have contributed to the holdings of many museums. They also deal in other scientific and technology related items, including calculating instruments, office machines, patent models and wine-related accessories such as corkscrews. ROBERTA GORDON IS A SKILLED RESTORER WHO CAN HELP YOU WITH ANY INSTRUMENTS AND CASES THAT NEED ATTENTION. Feel free to contact them for details at: [email protected] or 718-541-5974