William Brown, M.D.

William Brown, M.D. (HM2D3K)

Location: Lorton, VA 22079 Fairfax County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 42.568', W 77° 11.669'

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(ca. 1748-1792)

Dr. William Brown, Revolutionary War physician, was born in Scotland and raised in Maryland. After studying medicine at the University of Edinburgh, he established a practice in Alexandria. In 1775 he became surgeon of the 2nd Virginia Regiment. In 1778 the Continental Congress appointed him physician general of the Middle Department, extending from the Hudson to the Potomac River. At the military hospital in Lititz, Dr. Brown compiled the "Lititz Pharmacopeia" (1778), a collection of medical procedures and formulas for the compounding of medications. This was the first American formulary and a pioneering effort to provide standardized care. Brown is buried here in Pohick Cemetery.

Department of Historic Resources, 2017
HM NumberHM2D3K
Year Placed2017
Placed ByVirginia Department of Historic Resources
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Date Added Friday, December 28th, 2018 at 10:01pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 309190 N 4286822
Decimal Degrees38.70946667, -77.19448333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 42.568', W 77° 11.669'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 42' 34.08" N, 77° 11' 40.14" W
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Area Code(s)703
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 9304 Richmond Hwy, Lorton VA 22079, US
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