Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography/Frick, Charles

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FRICK, Charles, physician, b. in Baltimore, Md., 8 Aug., 1823; d. there, 25 March, 1860. He studied at Baltimore college, and became a civil engineer, but in 1843 he began the study of medicine, and was graduated at the University of Maryland in 1845. He early gave his attention to auscultation, which was first introduced into Baltimore by his brother-in-law. In 1847, with three others, he organized the Maryland medical institute, a preparatory school of medicine, and took in it the department of practical medicine. In 1849-'56 Dr. Frick was attending physician to the Maryland penitentiary. In 1855-'6 he took a conspicuous part in the Baltimore pathological society, and in the latter year was selected to fill the chair of materia medica in the Maryland college of pharmacy, which he had aided in organizing. In 1858, after his return from an extended European tour, he accepted the professorship of materia medica and therapeutics in the University of Maryland, and at the same time took charge of the medical department of the Baltimore infirmary as visiting physician. He published “Renal Diseases” (1850), and contributed papers to the “Journal of Medical Science” and other scientific periodicals.