DEPARTMENT OF PHYSIOLOGY UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN J!Y Robert Gesell, M.D. PROFESSOR OF PHYSIOLOGY HISTORICAL On March 18, 1837, an act was passed by the legis¬ lature of the state of Michigan incorporating the Uni¬ versity of Michigan. In this act it is provided that the University consist of three departments: literature, sci¬ ence and arts; law, and medicine. The following pro¬ fessorships are designated for the Department of Medicine: “one of Anatomy; one of Surgery; one of Physiology and Pathology; one of the Practice of Physics; one of Obstetrics and Diseases of Women and Children, and one of Materia Medica and Jurispru¬ dence.”1 However, it was not until 1850 that the school of medicine was organized and established in a building erected in 1S49 at a cost of $9,000. In this building physiology was taught for the first time in the Univer¬ sity. It was placed in charge of Jonathan Adams Allen, professor of therapeutics, materia medica, and physi¬ ology. In 1854 Allen resigned and practised medicine. I le was succeeded that year by Abram Sager, then pro¬ fessor of botany and zoology, whose title was now 1 Burke A. Hinsdale, “History of the University of Michigan.” Published by the University, Ann Arbor, 1906. Fig. 1.—General Laboratory for Ltndergraduate Students