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service the constant consulting mind whose opinion in times of clinical diffi- culties and troubles everyone sought.

For nearly ten years after his w^ife's death he continued a large practice though never quite the same man again. Naturally, he was of a rather melancholy disposition and loved sad songs and stories. In December, 1897, he began to develop some anomalous symptoms pointing to a serious pathological con- dition within the skull. The prominent New York consultants could not agree as to the cause and a postmortem did not entirely clear up the doubtful diagnosis. On January 7, after being lethargic for some days, Dr. O'Dwyer died, having reached the maturity of his powers and with the consciousness of having done one good work and of being ready to do more.

He married Catherine Begg, and had eight sons ; ioxxr of them died when young, of the " Summer Complaint," so says the eldest son. The other four, Joseph, Frank, Launcelot and Victor grew to manhood.

Among his writings, chiefly contribu- tions to medical journals, is: "Analysis of Fifty-six cases of Croup Treated by Intubation of the Larynx," 1888; "In- tubation in Chronic Stenosis of the Larynx," 1888.


Makers of Modern Medicine, J. J. Walsh, 1907.

For Biography, see B6kay (J.) Emlek beszed O'Dwyer, J6zsef (etc.) fol. Budapest, 1899.

Budapest! k. orvosegy, 1899 — iki 6vk6nyve, 1900.

Am. Gynec. and Obst. J., N. Y., 1898, xii. Ann. Gynec. and Pediat., Bost., 1897-8, xi. Ann. di laringol. (etc.), Geneva, 1900, i, (F. Massei).

Arch. Pediat.. N. Y., 1898, xv (W. P. Northrup).

Med. News, N. Y., 1898, bcxii (W. P. Northrup).

Med. Rec, N. Y., 1898, liii (W. P. North- rup). [Disctission.]

N. York Acad. M. (1896-1901), 1903 (W. P. Northrup).

Boston M. and S. J., 1898, cxxxviii. Brit. M. J., Lond., 1898, i. Brooklyn M. J., 1898, xii (G. McNaughton).


Canad. J. M. and S., Toronto, 1898, iii,

port.

•Jauus, Amst., 1897-8, ii, port. (R. Park).

Jahrb. f. Kiuderk., Leipz., 1900, n. F., li (J.

von Bokay).

Munchen. med. Wchnschr., 1898, xlv, port.

(H. von Ranke).

J. de clin. et de th^rap. inf.. Par., 1898, vi

(G. Variot).

Pediatrics, N. Y. and Lond., 1898, v, port.

(A. Jacobi).

O'Hagan, Charles James (1821-1900).

The son of a newspaper editor, he was born in Londonderry County, Ireland, September IC, 1821, and attended school at Belfast, completing his course at Trinity College, Dublin, and coming to this country in 1842. He taught school in North Carolina, first at Kinston, then at Hookerton and finally at Greenville, where he afterwards permanently settled.

He received his medical degree from the University of New York in 1847, and was president of the Medical Society of North Carolina in 1870; and during the Civil War served the Confederacy as surgeon throughout the four years, leaving behind him an honorable record. His chief duty was with the Thirtieth North Carolina regiment attached to the brigade of Gen. Matt W. Ransom.

Dr. O'Hagan built up an extensive practice in Greenville and became the leader of his profession in that commu- nity. He was widely sought for as a consultant. Many years before the external application of water was advo- cated in disease he had systematically bathed his fever cases. One of the best of the very few papers he ever wrote was on " Veratrum Viride in Puerperal Eclampsia." ("North Carohna Medical Journal," May, 1879, vol. iii.) He was an important factor in the professional and social life of his time, and might have had high political honors, had he desired them. His personality was striking, his wit racy, of the soil whence he sprung; his sarcasm keen, but genial; his intellect trained and cultivated.

He married twice, first to Eliza Forest in 1864 and who died in 1871, leaving two children, and in 1877 to Elvira