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Marsh, John (05 June 1799–24 September 1856), California ranchero and physician, was born in Danvers, Massachusetts, the son of John Marsh and Mary “Polly” Brown, farmers. After graduating from Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, in 1819, Marsh received his B.A. from Harvard in 1823. That year he accepted an appointment as a tutor at Fort St. Anthony (later Fort Snelling), in Michigan Territory. For two years Marsh taught school and studied medicine under the guidance of Edward Purcell, the post surgeon. Purcell died without giving his apprentice a certificate, but this did not prevent Marsh from successfully practicing medicine years later in California....

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Tarnower, Herman (18 March 1910–10 March 1980), physician, was born in New York City and grew up in Brooklyn, New York. He was one of four children of immigrant parents from Poland. His father was a seller of hats. He attended high school in New York City and, after college, obtained an M.D. from Syracuse University in 1933, at twenty-three years of age. Interested in internal medicine, he did his internship and residency in that specialty at New York City’s Bellevue Hospital. Following his years at Bellevue he worked overseas, his travels supported by a fellowship from the New York Academy of Medicine....