American Medical Biographies/Morland, William Wallace

Morland, William Wallace (1818–1876)

William Wallace Morland was born at Salem, Massachusetts, September 1, 1818, graduated from Dartmouth College in 1838, and received the degree of M. D. from the Harvard Medical School in 1841. After continuing his studies for a time in Europe he settled in Boston, where he practised his profession with considerable success, but found time for collateral scientific and literary pursuits. In 1855 Dr. Morland, in association with Dr. Francis Minot (q. v.), succeeded Dr. J. V. C. Smith (q. v.) as editor of the 'Boston Medical and Surgical Journal and continued successfully in this position until 1860.

At the foundation of the Boston City Hospital in 1864 Dr. Morland was appointed visiting physician and held this post until 1870. For nearly twenty years he was medical examiner for the New England Mutual Life Insurance Company. He was a member of the Massachusetts Medical Society, and was its recording secretary in 1863–1864, and a member of the Boston Society for Medical Improvement.

Dr. Morland was author of a book on "Diseases of the Urinary Organs," which appeared in 1858; and in 1866 he won the Fiske prize for an essay on Uremia. His paper on "Florida and South Carolina as Health Resorts," published in 1872, was the best and most widely known of his smaller writings. He was also a poet of delicacy and contemporary distinction, as is evidenced by some of his occasional verses, published or preserved in manuscript. His obituary notice in the Boston Medical and Surgical Journal says of him that "as a man and a physician, Dr. Morland was alike excellent, of much learning and ability, joined to the most charming and unpretentious manners." He died at Boston November 25, 1876.

Boston Med. and Surg. Jour., vol. xcv, p. 656; vol. clxxii, p. 603; vol. clxxv, p. 243.