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GARRETSON, James Edmund, author, born in Wilmington, Delaware, 4 October, 1828. He was educated at Mantua classical institute, and at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was graduated in medicine in 1859. He afterward established himself in practice in Philadelphia, making a specialty of oral surgery. He successfully introduced many new operations and appliances, and was the first to use the surgical engine, and to introduce it into general practice. Dr. Garretson was a lecturer in the Philadelphia school of anatomy in 1861-'3, and on oral surgery in the University of Pennsylvania in 1866-'9, and has been dean of the Philadelphia dental College since 1879. He became president of the medical and chirurgical society in 1883, is professor of general clinical surgery in the medico-chirurgical College, and surgeon-in-chief of the hospital of oral surgery. In addition to clinical discourses on surgical subjects, which have been printed in the United States and in Europe, he has published "System of Oral Surgery" (Philadelphia and London, 1869); "Odd Hours of a Physician" (Philadelphia, 1873); "Thinkers and Thinking " (1873); "Two Thousand Years After" 0875) ; "Hours with John Darby" (1877); "Brushland" (1882); and "Nineteenth Century Sense" (1887); and has contributed largely to general literature. His non-medical books were written under the pen name of "John Darbv."
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