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BATCHELDER, John Putnam, physician, born in Wilton, New Hampshire, 6 August 1784; died in New York City, 8 April 1868. He was a great-nephew of General Israel Putnam. After an academic education, he began the study of medicine, and in 1807 was licensed to practice. He did not receive the degree of M. D., however, until 1815, after attendance on the lectures of Harvard medical school. He began practice in Charlestown, New Hampshire, removed thence to Pittsfield, Massachusetts. ; afterward to Utica, New York, and in 1843 to New York city. He was appointed professor of anatomy in Castleton College, Vermont, in 1817, and soon afterward professor of surgical anatomy in the Berkshire medical institution at Pittsfield. He was a successful surgeon, and performed many operations of great importance, and requiring extraordinary skill and daring. For many years he made the treatment of diseases of the eye a specialty. He was president of the Academy of Medicine, and of the New York medical association in 1858. He published " Thoughts on the Connection of Life, Mind, and Matter" (Utica, New York, 1845), besides essays and medical treatises.
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