Physician; born in Philadelphia
, April 1, 1742; son of Dr. John Bard
; studied at the University of Edinburgh
, where he passed about three years, and was an innate of the family of Dr. Robertson
, the historian.
Having graduated as M. D. in 1765, he returned home, and began the practice of medicine in New York City with his father.
He organized a medical school, which was connected with King
's (Columbia) College, in which he took the chair of physic in 1769.
In 1772 he purchased his father's business.
He caused the establishment of a public hospital in the city of New York
in 1791, and, while the seat of the national government was at New York, he was the physician of President Washington
He was also appointed president of the College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1813.
While combating yellow fever in New York in 1798, he took the disease, but by the faithful nursing of his wife he recovered.
was a skilful horticulturist as well as an eminent physician.
He died May 24. 1821.