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85; lecturer on materia medica from 1885 to 1888, and lecturer on laryngology from 18SS to May. 1891. In recognition of his active efforts and conspicuous al>ility, the Niagara University conferred upon him, in 1885, the ad eundum degree of M. D. At the close of the session of 1891, he severed his connection with the school with which from its organization he had labored successfully, and accepted the position of clinical professor of laryn- gologj- in the Buffalo University Medical College.

At one time he was a member of the surgical staff of the Sisters' of Cliarity and Emergency Hospitals. He was a member of the Buffalo Medical ami Surgical Association; and the Medical Society of the State of New York.

He was a frequent contributor to the medical and literary societies of wliich ho was member, and had clearness of expression as well as beauty of style and diction. The following may be men- tioned as some of the titles of his chief contributions :

"The Proper Use of Ergot in Obstet- rical Practice." ("Boston Medical and Surgical Journal," vol. xxvi.)

"Tuberculosis of the Nose, Mouth, and Larynx." (Ibid., vol. xxAai.)

"Treatment of Acute Tonsillitis in Children." (Ibid., vol. xxvii.)

"Congenital Bony Occlusion of the Nares." Report of a case. (Ibid., vol. xxviii.)

"The Influence of Oral Irritation in the Production of Disease of the Upper Air-tract." (Ibid., vol. xxix.)

"On the Treatment of Hay-fever." (Ibid., vol. xxx.)

"Croupous Rhinitis." (Two papers.) ("Transactions of the Medical Society, State of New York," 1889 and 1891.)

" Cystoma of the Nasal Passages : with Report of a Case." Candidate's Thesis for Membership in American Laryngo- logical Association. (Unpublished.)

Among the instruments he devised may be mentioned nasal scissors, mechan- ical nasal saw, speculum.


self-retaining nasal


In 1887, after returning from Europe, whither he went for study and travel, he married Eva, daughter of Lars G. Sell- stedt, the famous artist, and had two sons. The widow and tliesc children survived him.

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Buffalo Med. and Surg. Jour., Aug., 1891. (Thoin.is Lothrop).

Memorial of Frank H. Potter (port.), f William W. Potter.)

Potter, Jared (1742-1810).

An army stu'geon during the Revolu- tion and a physician of eminence in his day, Jarcd Potter was born in East Haven, September 25, 1742; fifth in descent from John Potter, an original settler of New Haven, who signed the "Plantation Covenant."

In 1760 he graduated from Yale Col- lege, and immediately after began to study medicine. He devoted the next three years of his life to this, dividing the time equally between Dr. Harpin of Mel- ford and the renowned Rev. Jared Eliot of Killingworth. Then he returned to East Haven and soon acquired an exten- sive practice. Yielding to some pressing invitations he removed, about 1770, to New Haven, where his "business and popularity as a physician rapidly in- creased." The ominous signs of an im- pending struggle between Great Britain and the colonies led him, apprehensive of danger, to remove, in 1772, to Wall- ingford, because further inland.

He Avas one of the founders and incor- porators of the Connecticut Medical Society in 1792, serving as its first secretary and later, in 1804-05, as its vice-president. He was also a fellow from New Haven County for eleven years and acted as a member of import- ant committees. He declined to be- come a candidate for the presidency. In 1798 the society conferred upon him the honorary degree of M. D.

During the first year of the Revolution he served as surgeon to the first of the six regiments raised by order of the General Assembly of Connecticut, and in