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REESE, David Meredith, physician, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1800" died in New York city, 12 August, 1861. He was graduated at the medical department of the University of Maryland in 1820, and subsequently settled in New York city, where he established an extensive practice. For several years he was physician-in-chief to Bellevue hospital, and he subsequently was city and county superintendent of public schools. He published " Observations on the Epidemic of Yellow Fever" (Baltimore, 1819)" "Strictures on Health " (1828)" " The Epidemic Cholera " (New York, 1833)" " Humbugs of New York" (Boston, 1833)" "Review of the First Annual Report of the American Anti-Slavery Society," of which 25,000 copies were sold at once (1834); "Quakerism vs. Calvinism" (New York, 1834) ; " Phrenology known by its Fruits" (1838)" and " Medical Lexicon of Modern Terminology" (1855)" and contributed constantly to medical literature. He also edited the scientific section of "Chambers's Educational Course" (Edinburgh, 1844), and American editions of Sir Astley P. Cooper's "Surgical Diet," Dr. John M. Good's " Book of Nature," J. Moore Neligan's work on "Medicines," with notes (1856), and the "American Medical Gazette" (New York, 1850-'5).
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