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MARCH, Alden, surgeon, born in Sutton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, 20 September, 1795; died in Albany, New York, 17 June, 1869. His early life was passed on a farm, and he received his education in the public schools, in which he afterward taught for a short time. He subsequently attended medical lectures in Boston and at Brown, where he was graduated in medicine in 1820. He then settled in Albany, New York, was professor in the Vermont academy of medicine in 1825-'31, in Albany medical seminary in 1827-'33, in Albany medical school in 1833-'4, and in 1834 established a school of practical anatomy. The three last-named institutions were the forerunners of Albany medical college, of which he was a founder and its professor of surgery from 1839 until his death. He was also a founder of the Albany city hospital, to which he bequeathed $1,000, and he left a similar sum, with his pathological museum, to Albany medical college, he was president of the New York state medical society in 1857, was a founder, and in 1864 president, of the American medical association, and an honorary member of the chief medical societies in the United States. Williams gave him the degree of LL.D. in 1868. Dr. March was a bold and skilful operator, and originated, among other important surgical appliances, an improved splint for use in hip-disease (1853); improved hare-lip forceps (1855); instruments for the removal of dead bone (1860); and a new instrument for removing urinary calculi (1867). His numerous essays on medical subjects are of permanent value to the profession, fie also published "Wounds of the Abdomen and Larynx" (Philadelphia, , 1854), and " Improved Forceps for Hare-lap Operations" (1855).
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