Wake Forest was not yet a score of years old when a friend of the
institution of wide vision was urging the establishment of a School of
Medicine by the College. In the Biblical Recorder of September 29,
1849, is found an article, over the name "Chapman," and under the
heading, "A Medical Department for Wake Forest College, to be
Located at Raleigh, N. C." In it the arguments for the establishment of
such a School of Medicine are well stated: It is a matter of regret that
we have no School of Medicine in our bounds; tens of thousands of
dollars are taken out of our State every year by students of Medicine,
which might easily be kept at home if we had a medical college with
an able faculty at the seat of our State government; in our own school
with fewer students, better instruction could be given than in the
crowded schools of the North. Again the able corps of physicians on
the faculty would make it unnecessary for our citizens to go out of the
State for medical treatment, and in this way also great savings might
be effected. We are too much given to becoming tributary to the
North, a thing we can no longer afford, since the fertility of our land
is being exhausted. The charter of Wake Forest would doubtless
permit the establishment of an institution of the kind; if not, an
amendment could easily be secured from the Legislature. Hampden
Sydney College has been successfully operating such a school of five
or six years in the city of Richmond, and the University has one at
Charlottesville, and has been graduating some most promising
physicians. The city of Raleigh is a suitable location, and its patriotic
citizens, if not those of the entire State, would encourage the
establishment of the School there. Again, it is only sixteen miles from
the College; it has excellent railroad connections and could easily
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