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NORTH, Elisha, physician, born in Goshen, Connecticut, 8 January, 1771; died in New London, Connecticut, 29 December, 1843. He was the son and grandson of physicians, and early determined to follow that profession. For this purpose he studied in Hartford under Lemuel Hopkins, and then in Philadelphia under Benjamin Rush. After being admitted to practice he settled in Goshen, where he followed his profession until 1812, when he removed to New London, and in both places attained considerable reputation for his skill and judgment. Dr. North was always foremost in adapting improvements in medicine, and was among the earliest to practise vaccination in the United States. He was the first to introduce vaccine matter in New York, sending to Dr. Edward Miller, of that city, a person that had been vaccinated expressly for the purpose of supplying the physicians with genuine matter. Dr. North paid special attention to diseases of the eye, and established the first eye infirmary in the United States at New London in 1817. When the new and obscure disease known as spotted fever raged in New England from 1806 till 1810, Dr. North treated it with marked success, and his publication on the subject received general approbation. He published, besides many fugitive essays, "A Treatise on a Malignant Epidemic commonly called Spotted Fever" (New York, 1811); "Outlines of the Science of Life" (1829); and " Uncle Toby's Pilgrim's Progress in Phrenology" (New London, 1836). See "Life and Writings of Elisha North, M. D.," by H. Carrington Bolton, Ph. D. (printed privately, 1887).
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