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CLOSSY, Samuel, educator, born in Ireland about 1715; died there in 1776. He studied medicine, and was the author of a work entitled "Observations on Some of the Diseases of the Human Body, Chiefly taken from the Dissections of Morbid Bodies" (1763). In 1764 he immigrated to America, and the year following was appointed professor of natural philosophy in King's (now Columbia) College, and retained this chair until 1776, when he resigned. Upon the organization of a medical school in connection with the College in 1767, he became professor of anatomy. Being a loyalist, at the beginning of the war of independence he returned to his native country.
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