Early Medical Department Established

A short-lived program in medical instruction was organized in 1811. Three professors were appointed: Solomon Drowne, Class of 1773, professor of materia medica (pharmacology) and botany; William Ingalls, professor of anatomy and surgery; and William C. Bowen, Class of 1803, professor of chemistry. Although this incarnation of the medical school would only last for fifteen years, it made its mark on Providence and beyond, educating students, but also hosting public lectures and discussions.