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BARTLETT, Elisha, physician, born in Smithfield, Rhode Island, in 1805; died there, 18 July 1855. He was graduated in medicine at Brown in 1826, and practiced in Lowell, Massachusetts. He lectured on pathological anatomy at the Berkshire medical institute in Pittsfield, and in 1839 at Dartmouth College. He was professor in Transylvania College, Lexington, Kentucky, in 1841, and then successively in the University of Maryland, at Lexington again, in Louisville, and in the University of New York, and after 1851 in the College of physicians and surgeons in New York, where he filled the chairs of materia medica and medical jurisprudence. He also lectured in the Vermont medical College from 1843 to 1852. He was the author of an " Essay on the Philosophy of Medical Science" (Philadelphia, 1844) ; "Inquiry into the Degree of Certainty in Medicine" (1848), "A Discourse on the Life and Labors of Dr. Wells, the Discoverer of the Philosophy of Dew" (1849); " The Fevers of the United States" (1850); "Discourse on the Times, Character, and Works of Hippocrates" (1852); and a volume of poems entitled " Simple Settings in Verse for Portraits and Pictures in Mr. Dickens's Gallery" (1855). He was editor of the "Monthly Journal of Medical Literature," published at Lowell.
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