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PALMER, Alonzo Benjamin, physician, born in Richfield, Otsego County, New York, 6 October, 1815 ; died in Ann Arbor, Michigan, 23 December, 1887. He was educated in various schools and academies in New York state, and was graduated in medicine at the College of physicians and surgeons of the western district of New York in 1839. After attending lectures in that city and in Philadelphia in 1847-'50 he went to Tecumseh, Michigan, and afterward removed to Chicago. In 1852 he served as city physician there during a severe cholera epidemic among emigrants from northern Europe, and in that year was appointed professor of anatomy in the College of medicine and surgery of the University of Michigan. In 1854 he was transferred to the chair of medical therapeutics and diseases of women and children. In 1860 he was appointed to the professorship of pathology and practice of medicine, which he held at the time of his death. He became surgeon of the 2d Michigan regiment of infantry, and dressed the first wound that was inflicted by the enemy at Blackburn's Ford on 18 July, 1861, but he resigned in September, 1861, and returned to the University of Michigan. He afterward visited the army occasionally as volunteer surgeon, and was president of the American medical association during the war. He was instructor of pathology and practice of medicine at Berkshire medical college, Massachusetts, in 1864, and at Bowdoin ha 1869-'70. He was president of the Michigan medical society in 1872-'3, and of the section of pathology in the Ninth international medical congress in Washington, D. C., in 1887. He instructed nearly 10,000 medical students, and was active in building up the medical department of the University of Michigan. From 1852 till 1859 he edited with others " The Penisular Journal of Medicine." He received the degree of LL.D. from the University of Michigan in 1881. In addition to papers, reports, and clinical lectures, he published "Homoeopathy, What is It ? A Statement and Review of its Doctrines and Practice" (Detroit, 1880): " The Treatment of the Science and Practice of Medicine" (New York, 1885); " A Treatise on Epidemic Cholera" (Ann Arbor, 1885); "The Temperance Teachings of Science" (Boston, 1886)" and "Diarrhcea and Dysentery: Modern Views of their Pathology and Treatment" (Detroit, 1887).
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