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FORD, William Henry, physician, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 7 October 1839. He was graduated at Princeton in 1857, and at Jefferson medical College, Philadelphia, in 1860, and in 1862 was appointed an acting medical cadet in the U. S. army. He became assistant surgeon of the 44th Pennsylvania regiment, in 1863, was soon afterward promoted to surgeon, and served until after the battle of Gettysburg. He studied in Europe in 1865'8, was an editor of the Philadelphia " Medical Times" in 1870'1, assistant demonstrator in the Philadelphia school of anatomy in 1869'71, and compiler of vital statistics for the City in 1872'5. He was chairman of the Centennial medical commission's committee on sanitary science in 1876 and a member of the Philadelphia board of health in 1871'87, serving as its secretary in 1875'7 and as its president in 1877'9 and 1886'7. He is a member of numerous medical and charitable societies, and has contributed to medical journals, principally on sanitary subjects. He is the author of the treatise on "Soil and Water" in Buck's "Hygiene and Public Health" (New York, 1879), and of "Healthy Dwelling Houses, and how to Build, Drain, and Ventilate them" (Philadelphia, 1885).
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