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Iowa Medical Instituions and Medical Laws

Iowa Law Giving Equal Rights for Gender and Race to Attend the Medical Department of ther State University 1860

The statute of Iowa (revision of 1860, Sec. 1926) declares, "That the object of the State University shall be to provide the best and most efficient means of imparting to the youth of the State of both sexes upon equal terms, a thorough education," &c. In pursuance of the liberal policy of this enactment, the Medical Department will be open upon equal terms to students of both sexes, without regard to color, and to each will be afforded equal opportunities, and the same
facilities for acquiring a complete and thorough medical education.

Medical Institutions of Iowa

The Medical Department of Iowa State University was organized at Iowa City in 1870. The faculty consists of ten professors and a demonstrator of anatomy. The regular course of lectures commences in October and continues thirteen weeks. This is preceded by a preliminary course of about three weeks’ duration. Students of both sexes are admitted to this college. Five lectures are delivered each day, and the students are examined upon the lectures of the previous day. A new hospital building has been erected within the grounds of the university, at which clinical instruction will be given. The clinical laboratory is open six hours daily for the study of practical chemistry. Students of the medical depart¬ ment are permitted to avail themselves of the teachings of the other departments of the university without additional expense. The fees are : matriculation, $5; lecture ticket, $20; demonstrator’s fee, $5 ; graduation, $25.
The College of Physicians and Surgeons, at Keokuk, was organized in 1849. The regular winter term is of sixteen weeks’ duration. There are nine professors in the faculty. The fees are: matriculation, $5; lectures, $30 ; graduation, $30.
There is a Hospital at Davenport, and an Insane Asylum at Mount Pleasant, but we have no information in regard to them. There are no mineral springs in Iowa.

Medical Societies of Iowa

Iowa State Medical Society H. T. Cleaver
S. W. Thrall
Iowa and Illinois Central District Medical Society
G. G. Craig
Cedar Valley MedicalSociety
S. N. Pierce
Clinton county
W. Butterfield
Des Moines Valley Medical Society H. C. Huntsman J. Williamson
Dubuque Medical Society
M. E. Connelly
Keokuk Medical Society
A.M. Carpenter
Mahaska county J. P. Griswell W. L. Chamberlin
Mitchell county
W. H. Fellows
Northern Iowa Medical Society
J. S. Green
Scott  county
E. H. Hazen
Wapello county T. J. Dougherty S. B. Thrall

Medical Laws of the State of Iowa

At the inquest of any deceased person, when the coroner or the jury deem it advisable, a physician or surgeon may be summoned to make a scientific examination, and a reasonable compensation, instead of witness’ fees, shall be allowed him.—Code (1873), p. 62, sec. 68.

No practicing physician or surgeon is allowed to disclose any confidential communication properly intrusted to him in his professional capacity, and necessary to enable him to dis¬ charge the functions of his profession properly, except by permission of the party who made the communications.—Ibid., p. 565, sec. 3643.

If any person, with the intent to produce the miscarriage of any pregnant woman, wilfully administers to her any drug or substance whatever, or uses any instrument or means— unless such treatment is necessary to preserve her life—he shall be imprisoned in the State prison for a term not exceeding one year, and fined not exceeding $1000.—Ibid., p. 601, sec. 3864.

Any coroner or undertaker in any county or city, which contains more than one thousand inhabitants, may deliver to any medical college or school, or any physician in this State, for the purpose of medical or surgical study, the body or remains of any deceased person, except where such body has been interred or dressed for interment. But no body shall be so delivered without the consent of the relatives or friends of the deceased, if any such are known, nor if the deceased, during his last illness, expressed a desire to have his body in¬ terred. If the body of any person, who has been a resident of the county where death took place six months, is so delivered and is subsequently claimed by any relatives or friends of the deceased, it shall be given up to them. Any person who delivers or receives any remains and has knowledge that any of the foregoing provisions have been violated, shail be pun¬ ished by imprisonment in the county jail not exceeding one year, or by fine not exceeding $1000, or by both.—Ibid., p. 625, sec. 4018.

Any person who fraudulently adulterates, for the purpose of sale, any drugs or medicines in such manner as to lessen the efficacy or change the operation of such drugs or medicines, and make them injurious to the health, or sells them knowing that they are thus adulterated, shall be punished by imprisonment in the county jail not exceeding one year, or by fine not exceeding $500 ; and such drugs and medicines shall be forfeited and destroyed.—Ibid., p. 629, sec. 4037.

If any apothecary, druggist, or other person sell and deliver any arsenic, corrosive subli¬ mate, prussic acid, or any poisonous liquid or substance, without having the word “ poison ” and the true name thereof written or printed upon a label attached to the vial, box, or parcel containing the same, he shall be punished by imprisonment in the county jail not more than thirty days, or by fine not exceeding $100. Any person who may dispose of at retail any poisonous substance or liquid to any one for any purpose, is required to enter in a book, to be kept by such dealer, the name of the poison, when bought, by whom, and for what purpose ; and if the person who calls for such poison is not personally known to the vendor, he must be identified by some one who is known, and the name of this person shall also be entered in such book. Any one who fails to comply with this requirement shall be liable to imprisonment in the county jail not more than thirty days, or a fine not exceeding $100.—Ibid., p. 629, sec. 4038.

If any person inoculates himself or any other person, or suffers himself to be inoculated with the small pox, within this State, or comes within this State with intent to cause the prevalence or spread of this infectious disease, he shall be punished by imprisonment in the penitentiary not more than three years, or by fine not exceeding $1000 and imprisonment in the county jail not exceeding one year.—Ibid., p. 630, sec. 4039.

Source: Iowa Digital Library
Transcribed and uploaded November 30, 2021, by Lynn Diemer-Mathews.