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JENKS, Edward Watrous. physician, born in Victor, Ontario County, New York, 31 March, 1833. His father, Nathan Jenks, removed to La Grange county, Indiana, in 1843, laid out the village of Ontario, and endowed La Grange collegiate institute. The son was educated at that institution, began the study of medicine in New York university, and was graduated at Castleton, Vermont, medical school in 1855, and afterward at Bellevue hospital medical college, New York After practising in La Grange county, Indiana, and Warsaw, New York, he went to Detroit, Michigan, in 1864, and for four years was one of the editors of the "Review of Medicine." In 1868 he became professor of obstetrics in the medical college there, of which he was the projector and its president, and he was also lecturer at Bowdoin college, Maine, on the diseases of women. Dr. Jenks was surgeon to various hospitals, president of the Michigan state medical society, and one of the founders and an active member of the American gynecological society, and correspondent of Detroit medical library association. In 1878 Albion college conferred on him the degree of LL. D. In 1879 he was appointed to the chair of medical and surgical diseases of women in Chicago medical college, and moved to that city. After five years of residence there, climatic difficulties necessitated a return of his family to Detroit, where he is now (1887) in practice. Dr. Jenks has invented obstetrical forceps and other surgical instruments for use in gynecology. He is the author of numerous contributions to professional literature, including "Report of a Successful Case of Caesarean Section" (New York, 1877); "Practice of Gynecology in Ancient Times" (in "Gynecological Transactions," 1882); and "New Node of Operating for Fistula in Ano" (New York, 1883). He is one of the authors of "American System of Practical Medicine," edited by Dr. William Pepper (5 vols., Philadelphia, 1885-'7), and of the "American System of Gynecology" (1887).
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