The great, great, great grandson of Dr. Philip Syng Physick shows off some of the surgical instruments that were used to perform surgery in the 19th century.
The Marketplace Money show with Tess Vigeland is broadcasting from Philadelphia this week, focusing on the city as a center of health care. WHYY/Newsworks’ Health and Science team filed several special reports for the show. Web producer Todd Vachon produced this video
Dr. Philip Syng Physick was a renowned University of Pennsylvania-trained surgeon born during the American Revolution. His Society Hill home is now a museum showcasing, among other things, the surgical instruments he used to operate on such historical figures as Chief Justice John Marshall, First Lady Dolley Madison, and the daughters of Presidents John Adams and James Monroe.
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