There is more regarding the relationship and interests Benjamin Franklin
had to the field of medicine.

Benjamin Franklin . Inquiring Mind . Medical Musings | PBS


"Benjamin Franklin took a great interest in health-related topics. In his
day, many beliefs about health and disease were based on superstition.
Franklin applied Enlightenment reasoning to his study of various
afflictions and came up with some astonishingly accurate hypotheses."

Discussed in this web page as medical interests of Benjamin Franklin:

Common cold
Lead poisoning
Pennsylvania Hospital
Electricity and paralysis
Flexible catheter


Indeed, Benjamin Franklin combined his interest in medicine with his
printing activities:

Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1965 January; 53(1): 7179.
Copyright notice
Benjamin Franklin's Medical Imprints
Jane Quale Cantu, Junior Librarian
Harvard Medical Library, Boston, Massachusetts

The complete article may be read at the URL above.


There is this book full text in the Internet Archive

Title The medical side of Benjamin Franklin
Creator Pepper, William, 1874-
Publisher Philadelphia W.J. Campbell
Date 1911
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These books may also be of interest to some of the members of this list in
this regard.

The colonial physician and other essays
Whitfield J Bell
1975 1st ed.
New York : Science History Publications, ;
ISBN: 0882020242 9780882020242

The art of chemistry :
myths, medicines, and materials
Arthur Greenberg
English  Book  Internet Resource xix, 357 p., [16] p. of plates : ill.
(some col.) ; 29 cm.
Hoboken, N.J. : Wiley-Interscience, ;
ISBN: 0471071803 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780471071808 (cloth : alk. paper)

Doctor Franklin's medicine
Stanley Finger
English  Book xiii, 379 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, ;
ISBN: 081223913X (alk. paper)
9780812239133 (alk. paper)

An entertainment for angels : electricity in the Enlightenment
Patricia Fara
English  Book 177 p. : ill. ; 19 cm.
New York : Columbia University Press, ;
ISBN: 0231131488 (hardcover : alk. paper)
9780231131483 (hardcover : alk. paper)
0231131496 (paper : alk. paper)
9780231131490 (paper : alk. paper)

Atlantic cousins : Benjamin Franklin and his visionary friends
Jack Fruchtman
English  Book  Internet Resource 404 p. : ports. ; 24 cm.
New York : Thunder's Mouth Press, ;
ISBN: 1560256680 9781560256687

Some account of the Pennsylvania Hospital /
Benjamin Franklin;  I Bernard Cohen
English  Book xxx, 40 p. ; 25 cm.
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins Press,

It could be said that it is no accident that the Benjamin Franklin
Institute or as it is popularly known, the Franklin Institute is a science
museum.  Thanks for bringing up this interesting topic, poster or no

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On Tue, 10 Jul 2007, Jeanne Dutka wrote:

> He also founded the first city hospital - the Pennsylvania Hospital.

> Jeanne L. Dutka, M.L.S.
> Hunterdon Medical Center
> Health Information Center
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> >>> "Thomas L. Williams" <[log in to unmask]> 07/10/07 12:27 AM >>>
> Perhaps good old Ben was selected because he was our "mascot" of
> sorts during our centennial meeting in Philadelphia in 1998, also the
> site of MLA's first meeting in 1898.  Also, if I recall my history
> correctly, Ben established the first free public library in
> Philadelphia during his day. He was a printer and, clearly, a strong
> supporter of libraries.  I don't particular object to Ben but will go
> with the flow as far as consensus.

> Tom

> On 9 Jul 2007, at 20:58, Deborah Lawless wrote:

> > Is there anyone else out there who is as disappointed as I am with
> > the Mla Ben Franklin poster promotion?  We're supposed to be expert
> > searchers who are technologically savvy - and we get portrayed by
> > Ben Franklin- who I do not associate with medicine - and a
> > magnifying glass??  To me this is a waste of my dues.  Let's get a
> > better role model.

> > How about something as simple as a doctor, nurse,tech person, and a
> > librarian pictured together and label it "Your healthcare team."  I
> > think this would help show our credibility by associating
> > librarians on a par with other health professionals.

> > Doesn't MLA keep in touch with the real world?  Don't they read
> > stories like the one in the NYTimes about the hip librarians?

> > Just wondered if anyone else felt this way.
> >
> > Deb Lawless
> > St. Vincent's
> > Jacksonville, FL

> > "I've chosen the work I want to do.  If I find no joy in it, then
> > I'm only condemning myself to sixty years of torture.  And I can
> > find the hoy only if I do my work in the best way possible to me."
> > Ayn Rand - The Fountainhead