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BLOODGOOD, Delavan, surgeon, born in Springville, Erie County, N. Y,, 20 August 1831. He was graduated at Madison University, Hamilton, New York, in 1852, studied medicine in the College of physicians and surgeons, New York City, Michigan University, and Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, where he received his degree of M. D., and entered the United States navy as assistant surgeon 13 March 1857. In his first cruise, in the steam frigate "Merrimac," of the Pacific squadron, he volunteered his services when a supposed epidemic broke out among the employ6s of the Pacific steam navigation company at Tobago. At the beginning of the civil war he was on duty in the gulf of Mexico, and afterward in Hampton Roads, receiving promotion as surgeon, 24 January 1862. He was subsequently attached to the West India flying squadron when yellow fever broke out on board, and to the Carolina blockading squadron when a severe epidemic of small-pox occurred. He was ordered to the "Jamestown "at Panama in February 1867, and was one of the few survivors of the virulent epidemic of yellow fever that raged among the men. He was promoted, 22 August 1884, to medical director, and assigned to the naval laboratory in Brooklyn, New York
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