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Dr. Lee was taken ill on the thirtieth day of January, wath endocarditis, and died after two weeks of suffering. His wife and three sons survived him.

J. M. T.

N. Y. Med. Jour., Ap., 1872, vol. xv.

Boston Med. and Surg. Jour., vol. xlii, 1850

and 1872.

Med. Reg., N. Y., 1872, vol. x.

Lee, Charles Carroll (1839-1S93).

Charles Carroll Lee was born in Phila- delphia, Pennsylvania, March 24, 1839, and died suddenly from pleurisy in his home in New York City, May 11, 1893. He was descended from the distinguished family of Lees which settled in Virginia in 1641. In 1770 one member of the family settled in Maryland. The Hon. Thomas Sim Lee, Governor of Maryland in 1779, was Dr. Lee's grandfather. His father, the Hon. John Lee, married Harriet Carroll, granddaughter of Charles Carroll, of CarroUton, the last of the signers of the Declaration of Independ- ence to die. It may thus be seen that a long lineof distinguished ancestors had un- doubtedly left their impress upon the mind and physique of Lee. He graduated from Mt. St. Mary's College, Emmetts burg, Maryland, in 1656, and received his M. D. from the University of Pennsyl- vania in 1859. His LL. D. was conferred by Mt. St. Mary's College in 1890. He was successively appointed to the posi- tion of house physician to Wills, Blockley and Pennsylvania Hospitals and assist- ant surgeon in the regular army at the begnning of the Civil War. At its close, after being appointed to full surgeon, he resigned and settled in New York City. He was a warm personal friend of Dr. George T. Elliott, and through him was at once introduced to the best circle of medical men in the city and appointed surgeon to St. Vincent's Hospital and to the Charity Hospital soon after he came to New York. After being assistant surgeon in the Woman's Hospital, under Peaslee, he became surgeon early in 1879, after the latter's death, a position held over ten years, when, on account of


laborious private practice, he resigned. W'hen Lee's name was brought up before the Board of Managers for confirmation, Mr. John A. Parsons presiding, one of the lady managers asked in surprise, "Do you know he is a Jesuit?" Mr. Parsons repHed, "Why, madam, I always heard he was a surgeon." At the time of his death he was consulting physician to the Charity Hospital, St. Ehzabeth's Hospital and the Woman's Hospital.

Lee had often been asked to take a professorship in some of the different medical schools in New York and Phila- delphia, but had declined the honor. In 1887, however, he allowed himself to be elected professor of diseases of women in the New York Post-Graduate School, a position held at the time of his death. He was president of the New York Obstetrical Society for two years, vice- president of the New York Academy of Medicine for three years, and at the time of his death president of the Medical Society of the County of New York.

Although not so deft an operator as some, his education, his experience and his therapeutic loiowledge rendered him at all times a safe surgeon, and his death- rate was as small as the smallest. As a clinical teacher he always interested his class with a wonderfully graphic and charming description of the disease, or lesion, present in the patient before him. He was ever willing to use new appliances, instruments, and medicines, or to try new surgical operations when such seemed to be improvements, but never simply because they were new. As a presiding officer he was quick, judicious, and gracious. In this position he showed, par excellence, the gentleman of the old school, adorned with all the culture and refinement of the best modern society.

As a writer he gave many practical contributions on important subjects. He wrote the article in the "American System of Gynecology" on "Diseases of the Vagina." His subjects were various and showed a breadth of thought and study. Early in his career in New York he wrote an excellent article on " Hema-