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HOLBROOK, Amos, physician, born in Belling-ham, Massachusetts, 23 January, 1754; died in Milton, Massachusetts, in July, 1842. Early in life he began the study of medicine, and in 1775 entered the army as a surgeon's mate in Colonel John Greaton's regiment. In March, 1776, he was appointed a surgeon in this corps, and soon afterward accompanied it to New York and then to Albany, with the troops that were intended to re-enforce the expedition against Quebec. In March, 1777, failing health obliged him to apply for a discharge, and he soon afterward began practice in Milton, Massachusetts In the summer of that year he procured the place of surgeon in a privateer under the command of Captain Truxton, visited France, and returned to Milton in about a year. About this time he established temporary hospitals for the admission of patients who had been inoculated for the small-pox, and was active in introducing and promoting public vaccination in Milton, which was the first town in the country that in a corporate capacity gave its inhabitants the benefits of this protective agent. In 1811 he was elected a foreign member of the Medical society of London. In 1813 the degree of M.D. was conferred upon him by Harvard.
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