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LOOMIS, Alfred Lebbeus, physician, born in Bennington, Vermont, 10 June, 1831. He was graduated at Union college in 1851, and studied medicine under Dr. Willard Parker in New York, receiving his doctorate at the College of physicians and surgeons in 1853. He then became assistant physician to the hospitals on Ward's and Blackwell's islands, but after two years established himself in general practice in New York city, giving special attention to the treatment of pulmonary diseases, in which branch of medical science he has acquired a national reputation. He became visiting physician to Bellevue hospital in 1860, and in 1874 to the Mount Sinai hospital, which appointments he still (1887) retains, and he was also consulting physician to the Charity hospital on Blackwell's island in 1860-'75. Dr. Loomis was lecturer on physical diagnosis in the College of physicians and surgeons in 1862-'5, and was then made adjunct professor of theory and practice of medicine in the University of New York. In 1867 he became professor of pathology and practice of medicine in the same institution, which chair he still holds. An unknown friend of the university gave through Dr. Loomis in 1886 the sum of $100,000 to the medical department, to build and equip the Loomis laboratory, which it is intended to make the finest of its kind in the United States. He is a member of medical societies both in the United States and Europe, and has been president of the New York pathological society, also of the New York state medical society. Besides occasional contributions to current literature, he has published "Lessons in Physical Diagnosis" (New York, 1868) ; "Diseases of the Respiratory Organs, Heart, and Kidneys" (1876) ; "Lectures on Fevers" (1882) : "Diseases of Old Age" (1882); and "A Text-Book of Practical Medicine" (1884).
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