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ticut, died when he was nine years old. His early education was at the schools and academies of Oswego, Otsego and Herkimer. In 1839 he took his M. D. from Fairfield Medical College, Fairfield, New York. After practising twelve years at Tecumseh, Michigan, he re- moved to Chicago where for two years he was associated with Dr. N. S. Davis. Meantime he spent two winters in New York and Philadelphia studying in hospitals and clinics. During the cholera epidemic of 1852 he was city physician in Chicago and had charge of the cholera hospital, caring for about fifteen hundred patients yearly. In 1852 he was appointed professor of anatomy, medical department, Michigan Univer- sity, but from lack of funds never occu- pied the chair. In 1854 he was given the chair of materia medica and therapeu- tics and diseases of women and children, in 1869 transferred to the chair of pathol- ogy and theory and practical medicine, which he occupied till death. In May, 1861, he was appointed surgeon of the Second Michigan Infantry and surgeon in Gen. Richardson's Brigade, at the first battle of Bull Run, and other operations of his regiment until he resigned in Sep- tember. In 1864 he was professor of pathology and practise of medicine in Berkshire Medical College at Pittsfield, Massachusetts. In 1869 he was called to a similar position at the medical depart- ment, Bowdoin College, Maine, doing the work in the vacations at the other insti- tutions. From 1854-60 he was an editor of the "Peninsular Medical Journal," and the consolidated "Peninsular and Inde- pendent Medical Journal," Detroit, and president, in 1872, of the Michigan State Medical Society. In 1875 he succeeded Dr. Abram Sager as dean of the medical department, Michigan University, and except one year held the office till his death. In 1855 the University of Nashville, Tennessee, gave him the honorary A. M., and he had the LL. D., University of Michigan, in 1881. Above everything else he loved to lecture; one year to the same class he dehvered one

hundred and ninety-six lectures, half of them new. At any moment he was ready to fill a vacant hour in any course in the department, never regarding it a hard- ship. In 1867 he married Love M. Root, of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, who sur- vived him and perpetuated his memory by endowing the Palmer Ward at the University Hospital, also by erecting a tower on St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, of which he was a member. They had no children Dr. Palmer died at his home in Ann Arbor, December 23, 1887, from septicemia.

Alonzo B. Palmer's most ambitious publication and towards which all other writings pointed was his " Treatise on the Science and Practice of Medicine, of the Pathology and Treatment of Internal Diseases," two volumes of about nine hundred pages each, published in 18S2, followed by "A Treatise on Epidemic Cholera and Allied Diseases," of two hundred and twenty-four pages, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1885. The following is an incomplete list of his papers:

" Reduction of Inversion of the Uterus after a Lapse of Years." ("Peninsular an d Independent Medical Journal," vol. i.)

"Children's Diseases." ("Peninsular and Independent Medical Jounal," vol. i.)

"Pulmonary Tuberculosis in Children." (Ibid., vol. iv.)

"Change of Type in Inflammatory Disease." (Ibid, vol. v.)

"Prostatic Hypertrophy and Urinary Obstructions; Its Treatment without Catheterism." ("Transactions, Michi- gan State Medical Society," 1884.)

" Climate and Consumption." (" Michi- gan University Medical Journal," vol. iii.)

"Causes and Treatment of Inflamma- tion of Internal Organs." (" Transactions, Michigan State Medical Society," 1866.)

"The Pathology of Raynaud's Dis- ease." "Transactions Ninth Inter- national Medical Congress," vol. iii.)

"Miliary Fever." ("Physician and Surgeon," vol. ii.)

"Law and Intelligence in Nature."