Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography/Kuhn, Adam

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KUHN, Adam, botanist, b. in Germantown, Pa., 28 Nov., 1741; d. in Philadelphia, 5 July, 1817. He studied medicine under his father, and at the University of Upsal in 1862, also studying botany under Linnæus. He took the degree of M. D. at the University of Edinburgh in June, 1767, and published his thesis, “De Lavatione frigida.” On his return he settled at Philadelphia and practised medicine. He was appointed professor of materia medica in the College of Philadelphia in January, 1768, became professor of the theory and practice of medicine in the University of Pennsylvania in November, 1789, and held the chair of the practice of physic from the union of the college and the university in January, 1792, till 1797. He was a physician of the Pennsylvania hospital from May, 1775, till January, 1798, and was president of the College of physicians from July, 1808, till his death.