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Coxe, John Redman (16 September 1773–22 March 1864), physician, medical educator, and writer, was born in Trenton, New Jersey, the son of Daniel Coxe, an attorney, and Sarah Redman. Coxe’s father, a zealous Loyalist, moved to New York in 1777 and remained there through the course of the revolutionary war. John’s upbringing became the responsibility of his grandfather, ...

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John Eberle. Bust by an unidentified artist. Courtesy of the National Library of Medicine (B07690).

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Eberle, John (10 December 1787–02 February 1838), physician, teacher, and author, was born in Manor Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Little is known about Eberle’s parents or his early life, except that his father was a blacksmith and that he was about twelve years old before he could speak the English language. Of Pennsylvania Dutch descent, Eberle had a heavy German accent throughout his life. A lover of books from a young age, Eberle was probably self-taught in his early years....

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Oliver Wendell Holmes. Courtesy of the National Library of Medicine (B014846).

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Holmes, Oliver Wendell (29 August 1809–07 October 1894), physician, teacher of anatomy, and writer, was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the son of the Reverend Abiel Holmes and Sarah Wendell, Abiel’s second wife. A quintessential Boston Brahmin, Oliver was descended on his mother’s side from the old Boston families of Jackson and Quincy and from early Dutch settlers; ...

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William E. Horner. Courtesy of the National Library of Medicine (B015206).

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Horner, William Edmonds (03 June 1793–13 March 1853), physician, teacher, and author, was born in Warrenton, Fauquier County, Virginia, the son of William Horner, a merchant, and Mary Edmonds. Slender in build and frail in health as a child, Horner found companionship in books rather than in other children. At the age of twelve Horner was sent to the private academy in Warrenton of the Reverend Charles O’Neill, an Episcopalian clergyman, where he spent four years....

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Jacobi, Mary Corinna Putnam (31 August 1842–10 June 1906), physician, medical educator, and writer, was born in London, England, the daughter of George Palmer Putnam, a publisher, and Victorine Haven. George Putnam was in London to establish a British office for his firm. The family returned to New York in 1847 when Putnam’s partnership ended, and he started his own company. First of eleven children, Jacobi was a precocious child who determined early that she would be a physician, even though few women physicians existed. Her early education was primarily at home, although two years at the new school for girls on Twelfth Street, from which she graduated in 1859, stimulated her writing. Already an accomplished writer at seventeen, she had a story, “Found and Lost,” published in the ...

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Kelly, Aloysius Oliver Joseph (13 June 1870–23 February 1911), physician, medical educator, and writer, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Joseph Vincent Kelly, a physician and superintendent of St. Mary’s Hospital, and Emma Jane Ferguson. Little is known about his childhood. He received his A.B. degree from LaSalle College, Philadelphia, in 1888 at the age of eighteen, and three years later the school awarded him a Master of Arts degree. After college he enrolled in the University of Pennsylvania Medical School, and he graduated with an M.D. in 1891. He was then appointed to a one-year residency at the St. Agnes Hospital in Philadelphia. From 1892 to 1894 he studied in Vienna, Heidelberg, Dublin, Prague, and London with such notable physicians as Franz Chvostek, Anton Weichselbaum, and Arnold Paltauf....

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Palmer, Alonzo Benjamin (06 October 1815–23 December 1887), physician, teacher, and author, was born in Richfield, Otsego County, New York, the son of Benjamin Palmer and Anna Layton, farmers. Although his father died when he was nine years old, Palmer obtained an adequate early education in Oswego, Otsego, and Herkimer. He studied medicine at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of the western district of New York at Fairfield, Herkimer County, from which he graduated in 1839....