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GIBSON, William, surgeon, born in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1788; died in Savannah, Georgia, 2 March. 1868. He was graduated at Princeton in 1806, took his medical degree at the University of Edinburgh in 1809, and was the pupil and associate of Sir Charles Bell, the eminent Scotch surgeon. After his return to the United States he began practice in Baltimore, and was one of the earliest professors of surgery in the University of Maryland. In 1812 he rendered essential service in the Baltimore riots, revisited Europe in 1814, and fought on the side of the allied forces at the battle of Waterloo, where he was slightly wounded. He was intimate with the surgeons Sir Astley Cooper, Velpeau, Abernethy, Hastings, and Halford, and was the friend and companion of Lord Byron. In 1819, having returned to the United States, he succeeded Dr. Physick in the chair of surgery in the University of Pennsylvania, where he remained more than thirty years. Dr. Gibson made frequent visits to Europe, and also traveled in remote regions of Asia and Africa. At the age of seventy, having acquired a fortune, he retired from practice and removed to Newport, Rhode Island He was the first to perform the Caesarean operation twice successfully to both mother and child on the same patient. His works include "Principles and Practice of Surgery" (Philadelphia, 1824) ; "Rambles in Europe," containing sketches of eminent surgeons (1839); and " Lecture on Eminent Belgian Surgeons and Physicians" (New York, 1841).--His son, Charles Bell, surgeon, born in Baltimore, Maryland, 16 February, 1816; died in Richmond, Virginia, 23 April, 1865, studied medicine in Philadelphia under his father. He was elected professor of surgery at Washington medical College, Baltimore, in 1843, and in 1846 occupied the same chair in the Medical College of Richmond, Virginia When that state seceded he was made surgeon-general, became the chief consulting surgeon and operator in Richmond, and died from heart disease induced by excessive labor and fatigue. He published among other papers a widely circulated pamphlet entitled "Statement of Facts in a Case of Dislocation of the Femur" (Richmond, 1855).
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