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GLISAN, Rodney, physician, born in Linganore, Frederick County, Maryland, 29 January 1827. He was graduated in the medical department of the University of Maryland in 1849. After practicing for a year in Baltimore, he was appointed assistant surgeon in the United States army, and engaged as medical officer from 1850 till 1861. He served five years on the plains, and six years in Oregon during the Indian wars, from 1855 till 1861, when he resigned his commission. After practicing a year in San Francisco, he settled in Portland, Oregon. He was president of the Multnomah County medical society in 1872 and 1876, and of the Oregon state medical society in 1875-'6, and has been for several years a member of the American medical association, He was a delegate to the 7th International medical congress, held in London in 1881, and a member of the 9th International medical congress, held in Washington, D. C., in 1887. He is now (1887) emeritus professor of obstetrics and diseases of women and children in the medical department of Willamette University. Among his notable cases were the first amputations of the shoulder and thigh, and the second operation for strangulated inguinal hernia ever performed on the Pacific coast north of San Francisco. He has traveled throughout the United States, British and Central America, and spent two years in Europe. He has written numerous articles upon medical subjects, published in the " United States Army Statistics" (1856 and 1860), in the "American Journal of the Medical Sciences" (1865-'78 and 1880), and in Erichsen's "Collection of Medical Rhymes" (Chicago, 1884). He has also published a "Journal of Army Life" (San Francisco, 1874); a "Text-Book of Modern Midwifery" (Philadelphia, 1881); and "Two Years in Europe " (New York, 1887).
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