Samuel Worcester Butler Medical Admission Tickets

Until late in the nineteenth century, American medical students purchased medical admission tickets in order to attend lectures and demonstrations. Tickets for entire sessions of medical school could be purchased in a packet or students could purchase individual tickets directly from professors. The revenue obtained from ticket fees often formed a portion of the income of faculty. 

The digital images in this collection are the medical admission tickets used by Dr. Samuel Worcester Butler (1823-1874) who attended the Department of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania from 1848 through 1850.

ticket024The packet was purchased by the Coy C. Carpenter Library in the late 1980's.ticket024 There are lecture tickets for sessions 1848-49 and 1849-50. The curriculum required students to take each course twice. In addition, there are tickets to attend instruction at other institutions in the region: Wills' Hospital, the Medical Institute of Philadelphia, and the Pennsylvania Hospital. Also included are tickets for matriculation, examinations, office instruction, and lecture schedules. A letter from the Secretary of the Committee on Gratuitous Medical Tickets addressed to Dr. William E. Horner, Dean of the Medical Faculty, indicates the decision of the committee to grant  Butler gratuitous tickets. 

In practice, Dr. Butler was an alienist (alienist was an early term for psychiatrist).  He served as the superintendent physician of the department for the insane of the Philadelphia Almshouse.  Dr. Butler also participated in medical literature serving as the editor of the Medical and Surgical Reporter

On several of the tickets, Dr. Butler is said to be of Cherokee Nation.  His father was Dr. Elizur Butler, a physician and missionary to the Cherokees. 

For more information on Samuel Worcester Butler, medical admission tickets, and medical education in the nineteenth century, consult the sources used for this webpage available in the Carpenter Library

THE PACKET 

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Front and Back Images of Ticket Packet 
Packet Size: 6 inches high by 4 inches wide 

SESSION 1848-1849

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Letter from the Secretary of the Committee on Gratuitous Tickets to Dr. William E. Horner 
Date: October 13, 1848 

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Lectures on Anatomy 
Date: October 13, 1848 
Instructor(s): William E. Horner, MD 

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Practical Anatomy and Recapitulatory Lectures 
Date: 1848-49 
Instructor(s): William E. Horner, MD and John Neill, MD 

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Sessions on Chemistry 
Date: 1848-49 
Instructor(s): James B. Rogers, MD

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Lectures on the Institutes of Medicine 
Date: October 13, 1848 
Instructor(s): Samuel Jackson, MD

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Lectures on Materia Medica and Pharmacy 
Date: October 13, 1848 
Instructor(s): George B. Wood, MD

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Lectures on Materia Medica and Pharmacy (back of previous ticket) 
Date: October 13, 1848 
Instructor(s): George B. Wood, MD (Signature)

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Lectures on Obstetrics and Diseases of Women & Children 
Date: 1848-49 
Instructor(s): Hugh L. Hodge, MD 

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Lectures on the Principles & Practice of Sugery 
Date: October 1848 
Instructor(s): William Gibson, MD 

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Lectures on the Theory & Practice of Medicine & Clinical Practice 
Date: November 1848-49 
Instructor(s): Nathaniel Chapman, MD

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University of Pennsylvania, Matriculated in Medical Department 
Date: October 13, 1848 
Instructor(s): William E. Horner, Dean 

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University of Pennsylvania Medical Department Session of 1848-49 
Date: October 2, 1848 
Instructor(s): William E. Horner, Dean 

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Session 1848-49 Order of Lectures, Daily (back of previous ticket) 
Date: October 2, 1848 
Instructor(s): William E. Horner, MD 

SESSION 1849-1850 

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Lectures on Anatomy 
Date: September 27, 1849 
Instructor(s): William E. Horner, MD

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Recapitulatory Lectures on Anatomy 
Date: 1849-50 
Instructor(s): John Neill, MD 

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Sessions on Chemistry 
Date: 1849-50 
Instructor(s): James B. Rogers, MD 

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Lectures on the Institutes of Medicine 
Date: October 3, 1849 
Instructor(s): Samuel Jackson, MD 

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Lectures on Materia Medica and Pharmacy 
Date: October 4, 1849 
Instructor(s): George B. Wood, MD 

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Lectures on Materia Medica and Pharmacy (back of previous ticket) 
Date: October 4, 1849 
Instructor(s): George B. Wood, MD (signature) 

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Lectures on Obstetrics and Diseases of Women & Children 
Date: 1849-50 
Instructor(s): Hugh L. Hodge, MD 

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Lectures on the Principles & Practice of Surgery 
Date: October 1, 1849 
Instructor(s): William Gibson, MD 

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Lectures on the Theory & Practice of Medicine & Clinical Practice 
Date: November 1849-50 
Instructor(s): Nathaniel Chapman, MD 

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Matriculation in the Medical Department of University of Pennsylvania 
Date: September 27, 1849 
Instructor(s): William E. Horner, Dean 

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Medical Institute of Philadelphia Summer Session 
Date: April 1849 
Instructor(s): J. J. Reese, Secretary 

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Order of Lectures for Summer Session (back of previous ticket) 
Date: April 1849 

RELATED INSTRUCTION

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Medical Examinations 
Date: 1849-50 
Instructor(s): John Neill, MD and J. J. Reese, MD 

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Medical Institute of Philadelphia, General Instruction 
Date: 1849 
J. J. Reese, Secretary 

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Office Instruction, Office of Drs. Neill and J. J. Reese 
1849-50 
Instructor(s): John Neill, MD and J. J. Reese, MD 

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Pennsylvania Hospital (attending practice and use of library) 
Date: April 11, 1849(?) 
Sitting Managers: (illegible) 

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Wills Hospital For Diseases of the Eyes and Limbs, Clinical Instruction 
Date: 1849 

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Wills Hospital For Diseases of the Eye, & c. 
Date: none 
Instructor(s): Isaac(?) Parrish 

 

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