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McSHERRY, Richard, physician, born in Martinsburg, West Virginia, 21 November, 1817; died in Baltimore, Maryland, 7 October, 1885. His father was a physician of high repute in Martinsburg, Virginia, where he practised medicine and surgery for nearly sixty years. On his mother's side he was descended from the early colonial settlers of Maryland and from the first Lord Baltimore. He was educated at Georgetown college, D. C., and at the University of Maryland, and was graduated in medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in 1841. Entering the medical corps of the army, he served under General Zachary Taylor in the Seminole war, but resigned his commission in 1843, became assistant surgeon in the navy, and made a cruise around the world in the United States frigate "Constitution" in 1844-'6. He served in General Winfield Scott's campaign in Mexico as surgeon to a battalion of marines, and in 1851 retired from the navy and began practice in Baltimore, Maryland From 1863 till 1865 he was professor of materia medica and therapeutics in the University of Maryland, and then succeeded Dr. Samuel Chew as professor of the principals and practice of medicine. In 1883 he became president of the medical and chirurgical faculty of Maryland, and he was a founder and first president, of the Baltimore academy of medicine. At the time of his death he was president of the Maryland state board of health. In his early life he wrote much on surgical subjects, and in his later life contributed largely to sanitary science. He was the author of "El Puchero, or a Mixed Dish from Mexico " (Philadelphia, 1850); and a volume of miscellaneous "Essays " (Baltimore, 1869); and " Health and How to Promote it" (New York, 1883).
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