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RAMSEY, Alexander, anatomist, born probably in London, England, in 1754: died in Parsonsfield, Maine, 24 November, 1824. He studied medicine under George Cruikshank in London for several years, and became famous for his anatomical preparations. He came to this country about 1800, and delivered a short course of lectures on anatomy and physiology in Columbia college. He possessed much professional learning, but his vanity, arrogance, and pomp, combined with his grotesque person, interfered with his success as a teacher, and won him the name of "the Caliban of science." He adopted the theory that the bite of a venomous snake was rendered innoxious by alkalies, and died from the results of an experiment on himself. He published "Anatomy of the Heart, Cranium, and Brain" (Edinburgh, 1813), and "Plates on the Brain" (London, 1813).
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