The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 65, July 1961 - April, 1962 Page: 468
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existence. This department is established on the "Self-Sustaining"
At subsequent meetings during the next four months the chair
of obstetrics and diseases of women and children was divided into
two chairs and the following men were elected to their respective
chairs in the department.
Dr. L. T. Pim of Missouri, Anatomy.
Dr. Edward Flewellen of Georgia, Surgery.
Dr. Jacob F. Matchet, Materia Medica and Therapeutics.
Dr. T. J. Heard, of Galveston, Chemistry and Medical
Dr. William Roberson of Houston, Pathological Anatomy and
Dr. William S. Rogers, Diseases of Women and Children.6
The board elected three additional teachers at a slightly later
date. Apparently, all of the first nominees did not accept their
appointments. The new appointees were Dr. George Red, Chem-
istry and Pharmacy; Dr. R. J. Swearingen, Surgery; and Dr. Wil-
liam J. Cocke, Physiology and Pathological Anatomy.?
It is interesting to note the apparent degree of autonomy
granted the medical department. The faculty not only had the
privilege of nominating its own members but also had equal
responsibility with the board for regulation of the funds given
to the department. The plan reveals, too, the type of medical
training afforded students of the mid-nineteenth century. It was
possible then, with the predominance of the lecture method, to
provide different locations for the winter and summer sessions.
In 1962, with medical training centering about the various types
of laboratory experiences, observation, and early patient contact,
all hospital-connected, this would be impossible.
The board minutes make no further reference to the medical
department until after the Civil War. A letter to Francis A. Mood,
written after Southwestern University had been founded, states
that the department did not commence operation until 1865.8
1lbid., February 19, 1859, pp. 40-43"
Ibid., April 4, 1859, PP. 43-44; April 16, 1859, pp. 44-46.
Ibid., May 14, 1859, pp. 47-48.
8B. D. Dashiell to Francis A. Mood, November 6, 1873, Letterbook No. 1 (Cody
Collection, Cody Memorial Library, Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas).
Mood was elected first regent of Texas [Southwestern] University.
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