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GALE, Benjamin, physician, born on Long Island, New York, in 1715; died in Killingworth, Connecticut, 21 May, 1790. He was graduated at Yale in 1733, and studied medicine under Dr. Jared Eliot, of Killing-worth, marrying the daughter of his instructor and settling in that town. He ranked high in his profession, and was also skilful in agriculture, inventing a drill plough, for which he received a medal from an English society. He also took a lively interest in politics, and wrote frequently for the press. He published "A Dissertation on Inoculation" (1763), and his method of prescribing a preparatory course of mercury was commended in England, and subsequently followed in this country. The same year he contributed to the Philadelphia "Transactions" a paper on the "Bite of Rattlesnakes." He wrote essays in the "Transactions" of the New Haven medical society, and also "A Dissertation on the Prophecies."
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