Excerpt from An Account of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia But the first meeting after its full organization, at which nine senior and four junior Fellows were present, did t take place until January 2, 1787, and this day, therefore, by common consent, is regarded as its official birthday. The minutes of this meeting record that the officers of the College were: President, John Redman; vice-president, John Jones; treasurer, Gerardus Clarkson; secretary, James Hutchinson; censors, William Shippen, Jr., Benjamin Rush, John Morgan, and Adam Kuhn. A fair copy of the constitution was signed by the members present, and the publication of this constitution in the Pennsylvania Packet and Daily Advertiser, February 1, 1787, was authorized. One month later, at the stated meeting of the College, the secretary reported that the constitution had been published as directed. A device for a seal was submitted and, slightly modified, was adopted so as to read n sibi sed toti. The seal was ordered to be cut with this legend: Sigillum Collegii Medicorum, Philadelphia Institut., A. D., MDCCLXXXVII. Objects and Composition of the College. - The Constitution of the College of Physicians thus signed, sealed, and published records that the objects of this College are, to advance the Science of Medicine, and thereby to lessen Human Misery, by investigating the diseases and remedies which are peculiar to our Country, by observing the effects of different seasons, climates, and situations upon the Human body, by recording the changes that are produced in diseases by the progress of Agriculture, Arts, Population, and Manners, by searching for Medicines in our Woods, Waters, and the bowels of the Earth, by enlarging our avenues to kwledge from the discoveries and publications of foreign Countries; by appointing stated times for Literary intercourse and communications, and by cultivating order and uniformity in the practice of Physick. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.