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LINING, John, physician, born in Scotland in 1708; died in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1760. He studied medicine, emigrated to this country about 1730, and settled in Charleston, South Carolina, where he became known as a skilful practitioner. He conducted experiments in physics, and published in the "Transactions" of the Royal society a series of observations on statical phenomena that he made between 1738 and 1742. He was a correspondent of Benjamin Franklin, and the first to introduce an electrical apparatus into Charleston. Dr. Lining was the author of a "History of Yellow Fever" (Charleston, 1753), which was the earliest American treatise on the subject.
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