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McPHEETERS, William Marcellus, physician, born in Raleigh, North Carolina, 3 December, 1815. He was educated at the University of North Carolina, and in the medical department of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was graduated in 1840. He settled in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1842, was professor of therapeutics and materia medica in the medical college there in 1848-'62, was surgeon to the United States marine hospital from 1856 till 1861, and for sixteen years was physician to the St. Louis hospital of the Sisters of Charity. In 1852 he was president of the Medical association of Missouri. He served for three years in the Confederate army as chief surgeon to General Thomas L. Churchell's division, and was also medical director on the staff of General Sterling Price. Since the war he has practised his profession in St. Louis, and he resumed his professorship in St. Louis medical college in 1867. He was vice-president of the American medical association in 1873. He edited the "St. Louis Medical and Surgical Journal" in 1843-'61, and, besides numerous professional papers, has published a "History of the Cholera Epidemic in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1849" (St. Louis, 1850).
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