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CORNELL, William Mason, physician, born in Berkley, Massachusetts, 16 October, 1802. He was graduated at Brown in 1827, studied theology, was ordained, 19 January, 1830, and officiated as pastor of a Congregational church at Woodstock, Connecticut, in 1832-'4, and then at Quincy, Massachusetts, until 1839, when he left the ministry on account of failing health. He then studied medicine, took his degree in 1844 at the Berkshire medical school, began practice in Boston, edited the "Journal of Health" in 1846-'9, and afterward " Pastor and People " and the "Guardian of Health," and contributed largely to periodicals. He also compiled a "Medical Dictionary," and subsequently filled the chair of anatomy and physiology in the Western university.
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