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The New Haven Dispensary

The New Haven Dispensary

A “noble charity” for New Haven, indispensable to the medical school

In the America of the mid-1800s, dispensaries—originally established in Philadelphia, New York, and Boston—existed to treat the poor. The dispensaries filled an increasing need, especially in cities where the population was growing due to an influx of immigrants—they offered free medical treatment and medicines to anyone unable to afford other means of treatment, including those who couldn’t afford hospital treatment or were unable to show that they were deserving of hospital charity.In New Haven, Stephen Henry Bronson, M.D., was the key mover behind the New Haven Dispensary, which opened on December 1, 1871, at 31 Crown Street in New Haven. Its purpose, as recorded in the General Assembly Bill that...

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