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VARICK, Theodore Romeyn, physician, born in Dutchess county, New York, 24 June, 1825; died in Jersey City, New Jersey, 23 November, 1887. He was graduated at the medical department of New York university in 1846, and, after practising for two years in New York, removed in 1848 to Jersey City, where he resided until his death. He made many valuable additions to professional knowledge, and was Widen known as a surgeon. He was the first to prove the usefulness of cocaine in capital amputations, and he introduced into the United States Trendelenberg's method of amputating at the hip-joint. Being dissatisfied with the results of the Lister method of dressing open wounds, he perfected a system for the employment of hot water in surgery, and thereby secured the largest percentage of successful operations known, but three deaths resulting from fifty-four capital amputations. He also was the first to use hot water to control oozing in laparotomy. Dr. Varick was an incorporator of the District medical society of Hudson county, president of the New Jersey state medical society, surgeon-general of New Jersey, president of the New York medical society, director of Morris Plains hospital for the insane, director of St. Francis's hospital, surgeon of Jersey City hospital, and a member of various medical societies. Among the published records of his eases are monographs on " Urticaria produced by Hydrocyanic Acid," ', Complete Luxation of the Radius and Ulna to the Radial Side," "Subperiosteal Resection of the Clavicle," " Distal Compression in Inguinal Aneurism," "The Causes of Death after Operations and Grave Injuries," "The Use of Hot Water in Surgery," " The Protective Treatment of Open Wounds," and "Railroad Injuries of the Extremities of the Human Body."
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