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Even after the Civil War, black doctors were banned from joining existing hospital staffs and medical societies. In 1870, a “mixed” medical society was established, but many black doctors refused to join.

The World’s Oldest Woman To Give Birth -- At Least At The Time On this date in 1997, representatives of the University of Southern California announced that a 63-year-old woman in their care had given birth to a healthy baby the previous November.

Scotland’s leading ophthalmologist, Sir Stewart Duke-Elder, wrote a classic manual for eye surgeons, entitled “Textbook of Ophthalmology.

William Osler is best known for his contributions as one of the "Big Four" founding physicians at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Osler, born in 1849, set high standards for the field of medicine and made many contributions to clinical medicine.

On this date in 1876, the same year America was celebrating its centennial, a group of chemists came together to create the nation’s first chemical society.

The first American kindergarten for the blind was dedicated on this date in 1887 and opened two weeks later.

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, most major American cities had hospitals that catered to specific ethnic groups. San Francisco, for example, had the German Hospital, French Hospital and Jewish Hospital.

In the days when ethnic groups stayed together, nine Jewish men worked to establish Jews’ Hospital in New York City, which offered free medical care to indigent Jews.

Physician and naturalist Sir Hans Sloane was born on this date in 1660, in Ireland. In 1687, he was sent to Jamaica to become family physician to the newly appointed colonial governor.

On this date in 1865, President Abraham Lincoln died at 7:22 AM at the Petersen's boarding house in Washington, DC.

On this date in 1813, the Religious Society of Friends founded the first private psychiatric hospital, known as The Asylum for the Relief of Persons Deprived of the Use of Their Reason.

On this date in 1863, the first orthopedic hospital was incorporated. Now known as the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, the Hospital for Ruptured and Crippled opened on May 1 under the direction of Dr.

On this date in 1786, Bishop William White established the first dispensary to distribute free medicine to the poor.

On April 10, 1944, Dr. Robert Burns Woodward and Dr.

The first homeopathic medical society, the Hahnemann Society, was organized on this date in 1833, in Philadelphia. This society was named after Samuel Hahnemann, who is credited with founding the practice of homeopathy in the mid-18th century.

William Prout, an English physician and chemist who contributed several important discoveries to medicine and chemistry, died on this date in 1850.

On this date in 1992, tennis great Arthur Ashe announced that he had AIDS. Ten months later, at the age of 49, Ashe died of AIDS-related pneumonia.

On this date in 1948, the constitution of the World Health Organization (WHO), under the auspices of the United Nations, was ratified. The constitution had been drafted in New York City in 1946 during the International Health Conference.

Belgian immunologist Jules Bordet was awarded the 1919 Nobel Prize in Medicine for his "discoveries relating to immunity.

On this date in 1909, the Neurological Institute of New York opened under the supervision of Alexander H. Candlish.

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