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KIMBALL, Gilman, surgeon, born at Hill, New Hampshire, 8 December, 1804. He was graduated in medicine at Dartmouth in 1827, and practised for a short time at Chicopee, Massachusetts He then visited Europe, attended clinics in Paris, and in 1830 settled in Lowell, Massachusetts He was elected professor of surgery in Vermont medical college, Woodstock, in 1844, and in Berkshire medical college, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, the year following, but subsequently resigned both professorships in order to assume the direction of the Lowell hospital, which was established by the proprietors of factories in that town for the benefit of the operatives He served for four months as brigade surgeon under General Benjamin F. Butler in the beginning of the civil war, and at Annapolis and Fortress Monroe superintended the organization of the first military hospitals that were established for National troops. In 1882 Dr. Kimball was president of the American gynecological society. During his surgical practice, extending over nearly sixty years, he performed many successful operations. He has contributed to medical literature papers on gastrotomy, ovariotomy, uterine extirpation, and the treatment of fibroid tumors by electricity, and was the first practically to illustrate the value of the latter method.
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