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  • The National Institutes of Health was created within the Marine Hospital Service (MHS), predecessor agency to the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS).[1]
  • Adolf Eugen Fick, a German physiologist, invents contact lenses.
  • Dr. Granville Stanley Hall founds the American Journal of Psychology.


  • July 17 - Dorothea Dix - Disability advocate, reformer of the mental illness and prison systems in the United States.