Rufus Weaver

Dr. Rufus Weaver, undated

Dr. Rufus Weaver was born in 1841 in Gettysburg, PA. He earned his medical degree from Pennsylvania Medical College in 1865. He continued his education with courses on anatomy and clinical medicine at University of Pennsylvania and Jefferson Medical College. He became Demonstrator of Anatomy at Hahnemann Medical College in 1869, and was appointed the lectureship in Surgical Anatomy in 1878. Dr. Weaver is remembered for the specimen ‘Harriet,’ which is still displayed at Drexel College of Medicine. Harriet is a complete dissection of the human cerebo-spinal nervous system. Using zinc chloride, Dr. Weaver preserved the entire nervous system, thereby creating an excellent study tool for students.