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"A Year's work in Laparotomy," 1882.

"A Rare Case of Adeno-myxosarcoma of the Cervix Uteri," 1889.

"Flap Splitting; Operation for Lacer- ated Perineum," 1889.

"Premature Delivery of a Dead Child Induced by Acute Appendicitis," 1894.

" Mental Disturbances in the Female Produced and Cured l)y Gynecological Operations," 1897.

"A Case of Aneurysm of tlie Uterine Artery Cured by Ligation of the Internal Iliac Artery," 1898.

As a lecturer Munde was a fluent and interesting speaker, not a great orator, but one who commanded attention by the forceful way in which he put facts founded on personal experience. Dart- mouth College appointed him professor of gynecology, a position he held for twenty years, lecturing in the summer. She also gave him her LL. D.

Of his personal character, he was de- voted to his family, loyal to his friends, and had a love of truth which dominated all his actions and, through him, all those who were trained under his care.

M. D. M.

Tr. Am. Gynec. .Soo., Phila., 1902, vol. x.Kvii,

portrait (M. D. Manu).

Am. Jour. Obstet., N. Y., 1902, vol. xlv.

W. M. Polk.

Boston Med. and Surg. Jour., 1902, vol.


Gaz. de Gynec, Paris, 1902, vol. xvii.

Gynaekologia, Budapest, 1902, vol. .x.xvi.


N. Y. .Jour. Gynec. .and Obstet., 1893, vol.


Portrait also in the Surg.- gen. Lil)., Wash.,

D. C.

Munn, William Phipps (186-1-1903).

Physician, surgeon, writer, his father, Dougald, of the Clan Campbell, a weaver by trade, came to America in 1845, settling first in Cincinnati and later in Pittsburg. His mother was a McCall; her people emigrated from Dumfries in 1820 and were among the early settlers of Pittsburg. Henry Phipps, founder of the Tul^erculosis Institute of Phila- delphia, is one of the family.

After a preliminary education in the


schools of Pittsburg, Munn entered the medical department of the University of Michigan, whence he graduated in 1886. Slim in figure, sandy in complexion and with unlimited " sand " in his dispo.sition, Munn already showed the bent of his nature.

On November 8, 1888, he married Adelaide E. Barrett, of Pennsylvania. His medical practice in Pittsburg had just become well established when signs appeared of the pulmonary trouble which finally caused his death. He removed to Denver in the fall of 1890. Without friends, or money, or experience, or good health Munn so impressed the influential members of the profession that when, in 1891, the Denver Health Department was reorganized under Dr. Henry K. Steele, he was chosen to be one of two assistant commissioners. Those were great times in the sanitary history of Denver. For the first time the interests of public health were intelligently and conscienti- ously studied. In the division of duties in the Health Department the department of contagious diseases was assigned to Muiui. Dr. Munn was the first physician in Colorado to em]>loy antitoxin in the treatment of dijjhtheria, and he recog- nized also the dangers of implanting an indigenous tuberculo.sis through the presence of invalids seeking Colorado for the ])enefits of the climate; therefore he led in the organization of a society for the control of tuberculosis long before there was any general national awakening on the subject. In 1893 Dr. Dunn was apiiointed a member of the Colorado State Board of Health, to serve six years. But time and again it was found that the sanitary recommendations first made by Munn were thought too radical to be practicable, yet were after- wards adopted.

Though devoted to the puljlic health service, Munn found it necessary to give attention to private practice; his chosen field being genito-urinary surgery, in which he secured an enviable distinction. He was elected president of the Denver Arapahoe County Medical Society in