American Medical Biographies/Barton, Edward H.

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Barton, Edward H. (——1859)

Edward H. Barton was born at Fredericksburg, Virginia. He was a non-graduate member of the class of 1813 at Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pa., and received the honorary degree of A. M. from that college in 1830. He went to the University of Pennsylvania, where he received the degree of A. M. and in 1817 that of M. D., when his thesis was on "Epilepsy." The founders of the Medical College of Louisiana (1834) were Thomas Hunt, professor of physiology and anatomy; John Harrison, adjunct professor and demonstrator of anatomy; A. H. Cenas, professor of midwifery; C. A. Luzenberg, professor of surgery; T. R. Ingalls, professor of chemistry; E. B. Smith, professor of materia medica. Before the session began, Professor Smith withdrew and Dr. Barton accepted the chair. He was dean from 1836 to 1841, when he resigned.

Barton's writings were chiefly on meteorology and vital statistics and the hygiene of New Orleans and Louisiana. He wrote "The Cause and Prevention of Yellow Fever at New Orleans and Other Cities in America." The third edition (282 pp.) was published in 1857; he wrote on this subject in the Report on Yellow Fever of the Sanitary Commission (1853).

He died of heart disease at New Orleans in 1859.

Material furnished by Miss Jane Grey Rogers, Librarian, School of Medicine, Tulane University.