APS Annual Meeting at Experimental Biology

History of Physiology Lecture

Lecture — Tuesday, April 27, 2021 — 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM — , Room APS-7
History of Physiology Group — Chair: Jay B. Dean — Co-Chair:

Dr. Robley Dunglison (M.D., University of Erlangen, Germany, 1823) was recruited from England in 1824 in anticipation of opening the University of Virginia. In the fall of 1824, he was offered a professorship in anatomy and medicine. Dr. Dunglison was given a unique contract including rent-free accommodations, a guaranteed salary of $1,500, plus tuition fees of $25 to $50 per student. His medical practice was limited to consultations, thereby establishing the first full-time medical Professorship in America. He was a contemporary of Thomas Jefferson and Dr. William Beaumont and consulted with them on health matters and Beaumont’s pioneering research on the physiology of digestion.  Dr. Siegman will discuss Robley Dunglison’s career and accomplishments in physiology and medicine in America during his 32 years at Jefferson Medical College. During his tenure the university rose to the highest degree of prosperity and fame, outranking all other institutions of its class in the United States.


  • Introduction
    Jay B. Dean — University of South Florida
    2:00 PM - 2:05 PM

  • Robley Dunglison: Jefferson's Doctor and the Father of American Physiology
    Marion J. Siegman — Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, Thomas Jefferson University, Sidney Kimmel Medical College
    2:05 PM - 3:00 PM

  • Discussion
    Jay Dean — University of South Florida
    3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

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