JOHN WYETH is little remembered, but his contributions to the founding of the New York Polyclinic Hospital and Medical College in 1882 and his influence on the education and training of American surgeons are paramount. He was born in Alabama and received his medical degree from the University of Louisville in 1869. After spending several discouraging months in private practice and realizing that he needed further medical and surgical training, Wyeth left medicine for 3 years to earn enough money to continue his education. Moving to New York City in October 1872, he resumed his professional studies at Bellevue Hospital Medical College, where he received a degree ad eundem in 1873. The following year he was made prosector to the chair of anatomy and, in 1875, instructor for the faculty. Because of a long and debilitating illness, Wyeth resigned from Bellevue College and eventually moved to Europe, where he studied in Berlin, London, Paris, and Vienna. Returning to New York City in 1878, a healthy Wyeth was named visiting surgeon at Mount Sinai Hospital and consulting surgeon at St Elizabeth's Hospital. At the same time, he began to actively promote his plans for a postgraduate school of medicine.
Register and get free email Table of Contents alerts, saved searches, PowerPoint downloads, CME quizzes, and more
Subscribe for full-text access to content from 1998 forward and a host of useful features
Activate your current subscription (AMA members and current subscribers)
Purchase Online Access to this article for 24 hours
John Wyeth, MD (courtesy of the New York Academy of Medicine).
Thank you for submitting a comment on this article. It will be reviewed by JAMA Surgery editors. You will be notified when your comment has been published. Comments should not exceed 500 words of text and 10 references.
Do not submit personal medical questions or information that could identify a specific patient, questions about a particular case, or general inquiries to an author. Only content that has not been published, posted, or submitted elsewhere should be submitted. By submitting this Comment, you and any coauthors transfer copyright to the journal if your Comment is posted.
* = Required Field
Disclosure of Any Conflicts of Interest*
Indicate all relevant conflicts of interest of each author below, including all relevant financial interests, activities, and relationships within the past 3 years including, but not limited to, employment, affiliation, grants or funding, consultancies, honoraria or payment, speakers’ bureaus, stock ownership or options, expert testimony, royalties, donation of medical equipment, or patents planned, pending, or issued. If all authors have none, check "No potential conflicts or relevant financial interests" in the box below. Please also indicate any funding received in support of this work. The information will be posted with your response.
Some tools below are only available to our subscribers or users with an online account.
Download citation file:
Web of Science® Times Cited: 2
Customize your page view by dragging & repositioning the boxes below.
More Listings atJAMACareerCenter.com >
and access these and other features:
Enter your username and email address. We'll send you a link to reset your password.
Enter your username and email address. We'll send instructions on how to reset your password to the email address we have on record.
Athens and Shibboleth are access management services that provide single sign-on to protected resources. They replace the multiple user names and passwords necessary to access subscription-based content with a single user name and password that can be entered once per session. It operates independently of a user's location or IP address. If your institution uses Athens or Shibboleth authentication, please contact your site administrator to receive your user name and password.