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Title: American Medical College, Barnes Medical College, and National University of Arts and Sciences CollectionAdd to your cart.
ID: PC/PC059
Extent: 2.0 Linear Feet
expand icon Biographical/Historical Note
This collection consists of documents relating to two medical colleges that were founded in the late 19th century in St. Louis, American Medical College and Barnes Medical College. Although both were commercial ventures, in their early years the two promoted opposing medical philosophies: the former was founded in 1873 by practitioners of “eclectic” medicine, who emphasized the use of herbal remedies; the latter in 1892 by “regular” physicians. In the early 20th century, both colleges reformed and broadened their curriculums and established small private hospitals and dispensaries for the clinical training of their students. The two merged in 1911 in an attempt to sustain an institution of higher learning that could compete with Washington University and St. Louis University and, like them, offer undergraduate instruction. In 1912 the product of this merger was given a new name, National University of Arts and Sciences. The effort failed, however, and all its programs ceased by 1918. For more information about these defunct institutions, see the headings to individual series, which are listed below.
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Restrictions: The collection is open and accessible for research.

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Users of the collection who wish to cite items from this collection, in whole or in part, in any form of publication must request, sign, and return a Statement of Use form to the Archives.

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Preferred Citation: [Item description, Box number, Folder number], American, Barnes and National Colleges Collection, Bernard Becker Medical Library Archives, Washington University School of Medicine.
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