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1866 to 1874, profes.sor of medical juris- prudence in the Chicago Medical College. He was a large man, five feet ten inches high and of heavy build. His hair; brown, his eyes hazel; in manner very quick. He was a good and ready talker, but seldom told stories. A little anecdote of his childhood, however, he was fond of narrating. One Sunday morning he ran away from church and caught a fine string of trout. Not daring to bring them home on that day, he hid them. Monday, the time still looked suspiciously close to Sunday, so he waited still longer. Tuesday he decided it would be all right to go and bring home the fish. Alas! the fish were spoiled. This very deplorable fact led to inquiry and detection. His parents dealt with him after the manner of the real New Englander of that time. And, as the doctor was himself wont to say, in all the affairs of his subsequent life, he was more inclined to give particular attention to "prognosis." He was exceedingly fond of driving a fast horse. 'T take my exercise," said he, "vicariously." He made friends quickly and was fond of cliildren, but very seldom played with them. He married Lucy Clark, of Cin- cinnati, Ohio, in 1848. He wrote l)ut little in connection with his specialties (outside the lectures which he de- livered at the Chicago Medical College) but was wholly absorbed in the work of teaching and practising. He was an excellent hand with the knife in more senses than one, and used to spend long hours in whittling and joining together new models for hospital furniture. He used to say, "Every boy who intends to be a physician should learn how to whittle." The clause in the Illinois law for the commitment of the insane, which provides for the appointment of a medical commission by a judge of court, in lieu of a jury trial, was entirely owing to his strenuous efforts.

He died at Batavia, Illinois, April 27, 1893, after a few days illness, of pneumonia.

T. H. S.

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Pattison, Granville Sharp (1791-1851).

The youngest son of John Pattison, of Kelvin Grove, Glasgow, he was educated at Glasgow, and at seventeen began to study medicine, being admitted as a member of the faculty of the Physicians and Surgeons of Gla.sgow in 1813. He acted, in 1818, as assistant to Allan Burns, the lecturer on anatomy, physi- ology, and surgery at the Andersonian Institute in that city, but only held the office for one year, and was succeeded by Dr. William McKenzie.

He came to Philadelphia in 1818, and lectured privately on anatomy, but was disappointed in not obtaining the chair of anatomy which had been promised him by the University of Pennsylvania. In 1820 he was appointed to the chair of anatomy, physiology and surgery in the University of Maryland, in Baltimore, a position he filled for five years. He then resigned on the ground of ill-health.

During this period he edited the second edition of Burn's "Observations on the Surgical Anatomy of the Head and Neck," which was published in 1823. Pattison returned to England in July, 1827. He was appointed and for a short time occupied the important post of professor of anatomy at the University of London (now University College), acting at the same time as surgeon to the University Dispensary, which preceded the foinidation of the North London Hospital. This position he was com- pelled to relinquish in 1831 on account of a disagreement with the demonstrator of anatomy. In the same year he became professor of anatomy in the Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, where he received the M. D. degree. He was appointed professor of anatomy in the University of New York on the re-or- ganization of its medical department in 1840, a position he retained until his death.

He was the author of "Experimental Observations on the Operation of Lith- otomy " (Philadelphia, 1820), and of much controversial matter of ephemeral interest. He edited in 1820 the "Ameri-