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FARNHAM, Horace Putnam, physician, born in Salem, Massachusetts, 7 May 1822" died in New York City, 9 June 1886. He was graduated at Harvard in 1843, studied law with Rufus Choate, and, after graduation from the Dane Law School in 1846, was admitted to practice in 1847. After a visit to Europe in 1855'6, he began the study of medicine, and obtained the degree of M. D. from Jefferson medical College in 1860. He at once settled in the City of New York as a general practitioner, but paid especial attention to diseases of the throat and nose, in which he was deemed an expert. In 1861'3 He was attending physician to the Northern dispensary of New York. He was a member of various professional bodies, having been president of the New York medical association in 1865, and treasurer and vice president of that and other societies at different times. He gave largely to the New York academy of medicine, was elected its treasurer in 1877, and subsequently its vice president. He stood in the front rank of his profession for over twenty years, but was controlled, on account of failing health, to retire in January 1884.
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