The First Medical Appointment in America

John Goodson (Future Deputy Governor of Pennsylvania) as Coroner of the county of Philadelphia

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William Penn

William Penn presided over the Provisional Council of Pennsylvania in early 1683, shortly after arriving in his colony for the first time. 

Here, Penn appoints John Goodson as Coroner of the county of Philadelphia. Penn, 11 years later, would appoint Goodson as Deputy Governor of Pennsylvania under Governor Markham.

This one of the earliest surviving medical appoints in America, if not the earliest. It is the first appointment of coroner in the colony of Pennsylvania

 

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