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Curtis, John Green (29 October 1844–20 September 1913), physiologist, surgeon, and medical educator, was born in New York City, the son of George Curtis, president of the Continental Bank, and Julia B. Bridgham. Curtis attended private schools as a child and received private tutoring to prepare him for Harvard College. He graduated from that institution in 1866 with an A.B. and again in 1869 with an M.A. On 1 April 1869 Bellevue Hospital appointed him junior assistant physician for six months, then senior assistant for six additional months, and finally house surgeon for six months. In 1870 Curtis received his medical degree from the College of Physicians and Surgeons. After graduation from medical school he entered private practice and became a junior partner with Henry B. Sands. Curtis married Martha McCook Davis in 1871....

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Dragstedt, Lester Reynold (02 October 1893–16 July 1975), physiologist and surgeon, was born in Anaconda, Montana, the son of John Albert Dragstedt, the foreman of an industrial blacksmith shop, and Caroline Selene. Both parents were Swedish immigrants. After his primary and secondary education in Anaconda, Dragstedt attended the University of Chicago, where his lifelong interest in physiology was aroused by his association with the eminent physiologist ...

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Penfield, Wilder Graves (26 January 1891–05 April 1976), neurosurgeon and neurophysiologist, was born in Spokane, Washington, the son of Charles Samuel Penfield, a physician and hunter, and Jean Jefferson, a teacher. Because of his father’s financial problems, in 1899 Penfield’s mother took the children to live with her parents in Hudson, Wisconsin, so the children could receive a good education in the local schools. While in Hudson, Mrs. Penfield founded the Galahad School and was the primary teacher. Following graduation, Penfield continued his education at Princeton University, with financial assistance from his grandfather. In 1913 he graduated with a Bachelor of Literature degree....