Phipps Institute

The Phipps Institute, 7th and Lombard Streets, built 1913. The building's location in one of Philadelphia's most congested sections made it easily accessible for ambulatory TB patients and supported the Institute's extensive research program. Here, investigators showed that a non-symptomatic patient may have TB with the only indication of its presence being an x-ray. In the 1910s the Institute pioneered the care of the hard-hit African-American population, training African-American physicians and public health nurses to work with the community. In the 1920s epidemiological investigations on the spread of the disease within families influenced national public health campaigns. (University of Pennsylvania Archives)


Children's clinic at the Phipps Institute, circa 1920s. (University of Pennsylvania Archives)