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HEMBEL, William, physician, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 24 September, 1764; died there, 12 June, 1851. He studied medicine, and was qualified to receive a diploma, but refused to apply for it on account of deafness, which he thought would incapacitate him for practice. He served as a volunteer in the medical department of the Revolutionary army in Virginia, practised gratuitously for many years among the poor of Philadelphia, and was noted for benevolence. He was president of the Academy of natural sciences from 1840 till 1849, when he resigned, owing to his infirmity.
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