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JOHNSON, Joseph Taber, physician, born in Lowell, Massachusetts, 30 June, 1845. He was educated in Rochester academy, Massachusetts, and at Columbian college, D. C., from which he received his degree of M. A. in 1869. He was graduated at the Georgetown medical college in 1865, and at the Bellevue hospital medical college in 1867, when he settled in Washington, D.C. In 1870 he visited Europe, and took the degree in obstetric operations in the University of Vienna. In 1868 he was professor of obstetrics and diseases of women and children at Howard university, Washington, which post he resigned in 1872. In 1869 he was obstetrical physician to Freedman's hospital, where he remained three years, and in 1869-'70 was physician to the colored orphan house. In 1871 he was elected one of the physicians to the St. John's sisterhood hospital for children. He was elected lecturer on obstetrics in the medical department of the University of Georgetown in 1874, full professor of the same in 1876, and is now (1887) president of this department. He is a member of numerous medical societies, and has edited vols. x. and xi. of the "Transactions of the American Gynecological Society" (1886-'7).
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