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Initially most of the students were not local; of the first six graduates, only one was from Pennsylvania. Some students, in this era before extensive rail travel, traveled extraordinary distances. 23 Indeed, those from far away were more likely to be older physicians who had decided that the cost of travel, lodging in an unfamiliar city, and study was justified. Of fifty-five students in 1849, eight of whom already had medical degrees, one each came from Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Wisconsin.
The course length, the school argued, demanded so much attention and study from the students that they barely had time for rest or exercise in order to keep healthy (perhaps an indirect reference to the constant threat of tuberculosis for those in medical work). "22 These doubts were briefly played out in these early catalogs, but from the mid-1850s on, the college consistently and proudly modeled itself on standard orthodox institutions. The first lectures of the Homeopathic Medical College of Pennsylvania were held in October 1848 in a building on Arch Street.
Most academic history books are researched and written over longer periods of time than this history was, and it, therefore, leaves out a lot. For example, I examine Hahnemann Hospital only as it becomes part of the history of the college; a full history of the hospital remains to be written and would make a fascinating tale. This is also not a study of Hahnemann's other important training programs: its nursing school, its schools of radiologic and medical technology, its physicians' assistants program, and other programs that made up its school of allied health professions in the 1960s and beyond.