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relieved of imicli red tape routine by order of the siirgeon-jioneral and all these papers passeil into the " Medical History of the War."' Unfortunately an acci- dental fire in Morehouse's office destroyed many notes on his chosen subjects of "Choreal Spasms from ^^'ounds" and "Epilepsy."

He was a skillful operator and in one case of jiaralysis removed through the mouth a bullet which had lodged in the cervical vertebrae. "I saw him," adds Weir Mitchell, "trephine the skull and open a cerebral abscess, the first case on record, unless one by Detmold preceded it."

Dr. Morehouse married Mary Ogden, widow of David Ogden, of Woodbury, New Jerse}^, but had no children. His death occurred through renal disease on November 12, 1905. He became a fellow of the College of Physicians in 1863, and was also on the consultant staff of the Orthopedic Hospital and St. Joseph's Hospital and a member of the American Academy of Medicine.

D. ^Y.

Tr. Coll. of Phys., vol. xxvii.. Phila., 1906.

Morrison, Robert Brown (1851-1897).

Robert Brown Morrison was born in Baltimore, Maryland, on March 13, 1851. He went first to Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, New Hampshire, in 1869 entered Harvard University, but did not gradu- ate, then continued his studies at the University of Gsttengen, Germany, graduating M. D. from the University of Maryland in 1874. Soon after he became a member of the Clinical Society of Balti- more, and of the Medico-Chirurgical Faculty of Maryland, but in 1882 returned to Europe and studied derma- tology at Prague under Pick and Chiari.

While there he won distinction by his original investigations, the most impor- tant being his extensive and painstaking study of the histo-pathology of the prurigo papule and the application of certain stains in .syphilitic tissue.

From Prague he went to Vienna and studied under Neumann and after this to


the hospitals of Hamburg and Berlin, l^pon his return in 1884, he was elected professor of dermatology in the Balti- more Polyclinic and Post-Graduate Med- ical School. He was also lecturer on dermatology in the Woman's Medical College, Baltimore.

In 1887 he was elected clinical pro- fessor of dermatology in the University of Maryland, but two years later was appointed professor of dermatology at the Johns Hopkins University.

He was president of the American Dermatological Association 1893-4, and was regarded as the pioneer dermatologist of Maryland, his observations and con- tributions regarding skin diseases of the negro being, perhaps, the most valuable ever written.

He was a gentleman of broad culture, charming personality, and his published writings bear the stamp of an astute .student, of a painstaking clinician.

In the last years of his life failing health compelled him to resign his professorships, and in other wa3^s curtail his activities.

His death occurred at Baltimore, September 30, 1897.

J. M. W.

Morton, Samuel G. (1799-1851).

Samuel Morton was the son of George Morton, who came to this countrj'^ from Ireland at the age of sixteen, and of Jane, daughter of John and Margaret Cum- mings, of Philadelphia. They had nine children of whom Samuel was the youngest.

The father died when Samuel was l)ut six months old and Mrs. Morton with her three children moved to Westchester, New York, in order to be near her sister.

When Samuel was of school age, he went to various boarding schools con- ducted near W^estchester by members of the Society of Friends, and Morton's early education was derived entirely under their auspices. In 1812 Morton's mother married Thomas Rogers and returned to Philadelphia, and Morton soon after- wards was sent to another Quaker School