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DICKSON, Samuel Henry, physician, born in Charleston, South Carolina, 20 September 1798; died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 31 March 1872. His father, who was of Scottish descent, emigrated from Ireland before the Revolution, and fought in that contest under General Lincoln. Samuel was graduated at Yale in 1814, and, after studying medicine in Charleston and at the University of Pennsylvania, received his diploma from the latter in 1819. He soon had a large practice in Charleston, and in 1823 delivered a course of lectures on physiology and pathology in that City before about thirty medical students. He was active in securing the establishment of a medical College in Charleston, and on its organization, in 1824, became professor of the institutes and practice of medicine. He resigned his chair in 1832, but in the following year, on the reorganization of the institution as the medical College of South Carolina, was reelected. He was professor of the practice of medicine in the University of New York in 1847'50, but in the latter year resumed his chair in Charleston.
From 1858 until his death he held the same chair in Jefferson medical College, Philadelphia. the University of New York gave him the degree of LL.D. in 1853. Dr. Dickson wrote not only on professional but on literary and current topics, and added a graceful style to thoroughness of learning. He published " Dengue; its History, Pathology, and Treatment" (Philadelphia, 1826); " Manual of Pathology"; "Practice of Medicine" (2 vols., New York); " Essays on Pathology and Therapeutics" (2 vols., 1845); " Essays on Life, Sleep, Pain, etc. " (1852); " Elements of Medicine" (1855); and " Studies in Pathology and Therapeutics" (1867). He also contributed largely to medical and other current literature, and published many occasional essays and addresses, including an address before the Yale Phi Beta Kappa society in 1842, on the " Pursuit of Happiness," and a pamphlet on slavery, asserting the essential inferiority of the Negro race (1845).His daughter, Jeanie A., has contributed largely, in prose and verse, to current literature.
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