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BEMISS, Samuel Merrifield, physician, born in Nelson County, Kentucky, 15 October 1821. He received his early education from his father, Dr. John Bemiss, and from private tutors, and was graduated at the medical department of the University of New York in 1846. lie practiced in Bloomfield, Kentucky, until 1853, when he removed to Louisville, and in 1858 became connected with the medical department of the University of Louisville, filling various chairs, and at times was its secretary and vice-president. From 1862 till 1865 he was a surgeon in the confederate army. After the war he settled in New Orleans, and in 1866 he became professor of the theory and practice of medicine in the University of Louisiana. tie is a member of the state board of health and of the American medical association, being its vice-president in 1868, and of other medical societies. Dr. Bemiss has contributed papers to the literature of his profession, among which are " Essay on Croup" and "Report on Consanguineous Marriages." He is the editor of the "New Orleans Medical and Surgical Journal."
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