Dallas Medical College: 1900-1904

by Paula Bosse

dallas-med-coll_1903_utswPhotos from the UT Southwestern Library (click for larger images)

by Paula Bosse

Between 1900 and 1910, Dallas had ELEVEN medical schools, some of dubious distinction. One of the earliest and most successful was Dallas Medical College, an offshoot of Trinity University that was eventually merged with Baylor College of Medicine. It was located at 319 Commerce St., neighbors with a fire station and the City Hall. Here are several photos from the Dallas Medical College archives, showing three typical medical students engaging in typical medical school hijinks.





dallas-medical-college_dmn_020301adallas-medical-college_dmn_020301b (Dallas Morning News, Feb. 3, 1901)

dallas-medical-college_dmn_020301-sketchThe school’s first location on S. Ervay & Marilla (DMN, Feb. 3, 1901)

dallas-medical-college_dmn_092703(DMN, Sept. 27, 1903)

dallas-med-coll_southern-merc_111004(Southern Mercury, Nov. 10, 1904)

The official announcement of the merging, with details on how the two schools would function for the rest of the school year can be read here.


Photographs from the UT Southwestern Library, here and here.

More on early medical schools in Texas, with several paragraphs on Dallas, can be found in “Training the Healers” by Vernie A. Stembridge, M.D., an article from the May, 1999 issue of Heritage magazine (a publication of the Texas Historical Foundation) which can be read here.

Click photos for larger images.


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