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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Medicine and Surgery in the United States. (search)
The position of physician-general of the colony of Virginia was held one year by Lawrence Bohun, who arrived 1610; and afterwards by John Pot, the first permanent resident physician in the United States. Samuel Fuller, first physician of New England, arrived in the Mayflower in 1620, and Johannes la Montagne, first permanent medical settler in New Amsterdam, arrived 1637, followed the next year by Gerrit Schult and Hans Kiersted, while Abraham Staats settled at Albany prior to 1650. Lambert Wilson, a chirurgeon or surgeon, was sent to New England in 1629 to serve the colony three years, and to educate and instruct in his art one or more youths. Anatomical lectures were delivered in Harvard College by Giles Firman be fore1647 Earliest law to regulate practice of medicine in the colonies was passed in Massachusetts in 1649; adopted by New York1665 Earliest recorded autopsy and verdict of a coroner's jury was made in Maryland on a negro supposed to have been murdered by his