Benjamin Franklin and Medicine

  title={Benjamin Franklin and Medicine},
  author={J. Hirschmann},
  journal={Annals of Internal Medicine},
  • J. Hirschmann
  • Published 2005
  • Medicine
  • Annals of Internal Medicine
  • After 1759, Benjamin Franklin (17061790) was called Dr. Franklin, not because he had finished medical training at the age of 53, but because the University of Saint Andrews in Scotland awarded him an honorary doctorate that recognized his contributions to understanding electricity. Although Franklin did not receive formal instruction in medicine and never claimed to be a clinician, he might also have justly appropriated the title of Doctor in the medical sense, because licensing did not exist… CONTINUE READING
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