On November 12, 1850, Dr. Philip Claiborne Gooch (1825 , 1855), celebrated Virginian physician, wrote a letter to mail out to potential subscribers of new medical journal he was founding The Stethoscope'. His letter proposes that the subscriber to embark in the responsible undertaking, and will issue the first The Stethoscope' or VIRGINIA MEDICAL GAZETTE' on the first of January, 1851.Gooch's publication came to pass and was in circulation for several years. The Gooch family was a prominent family in Richmond and in Virginia. Dr. Philip Claiborne Gooch and his son Claiborne Watts Gooch were prominent members of the Medical field and the Political arena, respectively. Dr. Philip Gooch kept records during the Virginia Cholera epidemic of 1849 for the Richmond Board of Health and Claiborne became the Adjutant General of Virginia, as well as the editor of the Richmond Newspaper, the Richmond Enquirer. As a prominent physician of his time, Dr. Gooch's publication of The Stethoscope' would have contained the leading advances in science in the Virginia in the 1850s.
The want of a medical periodical in Virginia , broadside.