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Paul Beck Goddard. Engraving by John Sartain. Courtesy of the National Library of Medicine (B012918).

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Goddard, Paul Beck (26 January 1811–03 July 1866), pioneer in photography, physician, and anatomist, was born in Baltimore, Maryland, the son of John Goddard and Mary Beck. He received an A.B. from Washington (later Trinity) College in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1828. The same year he entered the Medical School of the University of Pennsylvania, where in 1832 he completed his M.D. with a thesis titled “The Anatomy and Physiology of Mucous Membrane.” Goddard did not find the day-to-day practice of being a physician in Philadelphia particularly satisfying. After a few years in private practice, he became the assistant to ...

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Richard Harlan. Engraving after a painting by Jacob Eichholtz. Courtesy of the National Library of Medicine (B013872).

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Harlan, Richard (19 September 1796–30 September 1843), physician, anatomist, and paleontologist, was born in Philadelphia, the son of Joshua Harlan, a farmer and merchant, and Sarah Hinchman. Harlan attended schools in Philadelphia, and then entered the medical department of the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied and worked under ...

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Ramsay, Alexander (1754?–24 November 1824), anatomist and physician, was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. While details of his parentage are unknown, his family seems to have been fairly prominent and wealthy. After attending college, probably at Aberdeen University, Ramsay pursued an education in medicine and anatomy. He studied in London, Edinburgh, and Dublin under several distinguished medical teachers, including William Cruikshank, Matthew Baillie, and Alexander Monro. Returning to Edinburgh in 1790, he founded an anatomical society and school, which generated enough interest to compel the University of Edinburgh to establish a chair of anatomy....