American Medical Biographies/Huston, Robert Mendenhall

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American Medical Biographies  (1920) 
Huston, Robert Mendenhall

Huston, Robert Mendenhall (1795–1864).

Robert Mendenhall Huston was born in Abingdon, Virginia, May 19, 1795, son of William Huston and Elizabeth Mendenhall. He entered the Medical Department of the University of Pennsylvania in 1823, and graduated in 1825, with a thesis on "Hemorrhoids."

He practised medicine, and was professor of obstetrics and diseases of women and children in Jefferson Medical College, 1838–1841; professor materia medica and general therapeutics, 1841–1857. Resigning in 1857, he became professor emeritus; for many years he was dean of the faculty.

His publications consist largely of addresses delivered at Jefferson College; he edited the American edition of Churchill's ". . . Theory and Practice of Midwifery," Philadelphia, 1843. In 1844–1848 he was co-editor of the Medical Examiner.

In 1819 he married Hannah, daughter of Samuel West, of Chester, a descendant of Benjamin West, Pennsylvania; they had four sons and three daughters.

Huston died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, August 3, 1864.

Information from Dr. Ewing Jordan.