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DUNSTER, Edward Swift, physician, born in Springvale, York co. Maine, 2 September 1834. He is a lineal descendant of Henry Dunster, the first president of Harvard, was graduated from that institution in 1856, and from the New York College of physicians and surgeons in 1859, beginning practice in that City in 1860. He entered the army as assistant surgeon in June 1861, and served in West Virginia and in the peninsular campaign, acting as medical inspector and medical director of hospitals. After being ordered to Philadelphia, Washington, and West Point, he resigned on 1 February 1866 and resumed the practice of his profession in New York, making a specialty of obstetrics and the diseases of women and children. He was editor of the "New York Medical Journal " in 1866'72 Resident physician in charge of hospitals on Randall's Island in 1869'73, and professor of obstetrics and the diseases of women and children in the University of Vermont in 1868'71.
He subsequently held the same chair in Long Island medical College in the medical department of Dartmouth College, and since 1873 in the University of Michigan. Among his contributions to professional literature are papers on "Relations of the Medical Profession to Modern Education"; "Logic of Medicine " ; "Notes on Double Monsters "; " History of Anaesthesia"; " The Comparative Mortality in Armies from Wounds and Disease "; and " History of Spontaneous Generation."
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