Madras Medical College

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The Madras Medical College is an educational institution located in Chennai, India. It was established on February 2, 1835. It is the oldest medical college in India, along with the Medical College Kolkata.

Early history

The Government General Hospital was started on 16 November 1664 as a small hospital to treat the sick soldiers of the British East India Company. <!--THE NEXT SENTENCE MAKES NO SENSE. WHAT DOES VMFG MEAN? AND WHAT DID WINTERS DO?....It was the untiring inspiring efforts of Sir Edward Winter who was the agent of the company that materialized in the VMFGfirst British Hospital at Madras.-->

In its early days, the hospital was housed at Fort St. George. In the next 25 years, it grew into a formal medical facility. Governor Sir. Elihu Yale was instrumental in the development of the hospital and gave it new premises within the Fort in 1690.

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The Hospital moved out of the Fort after the Anglo-French War and it took 20 years before it could settle in the present permanent place in 1772. By 1772, the hospital was training Europeans, Eurasians and natives in Western methods of diagnosis and treatment and methods of preparing medicines. These trained personnel were posted to dispensaries in the district head-quarters of the then Madras Presidency to assist the qualified doctors. By 1820, the institution had recognition as a model hospital of the East India Company. In 1827, Dr. D.Mortimar was appointed as the...
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