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HUNTINGTON


Hunt, William (1S25-IS0G).

Tlio son of I'li.-ih and Elizabeth Slireve Hunt, lio was born September 26, 1S25, at lOli North Fourth Street, Plu'ladelphia, a descoiuhmt of a long line of Quakers who came over here about 1680. He went as a lad to a Friend's School, then bepan to study medicine under Dr. Georsrc B. Wood anil jiraduatcd at the University of Pennsylvania in 1849. He married, in 1856, Rebecca T., daughter of Richard Price, and had three children, William, George and Margaret.

A genial, busy intellectual man this William Hunt; helping to form the Uni- versity Biological Club and the Surgical Club where members met to display specimens and partake, at first, of such mild refreshments as "crackers, cheese and ale." He wrote a good deal too and was for many years on the staff of the "Annual of the University Medical Sci- ences, " and with Dr. T. G. Morton com- piled a " History of Surgery in the Penn- sylvania Hospital." The "Pennsylvania Hospital Reports" were edited by him and Dr. J. DaCosta and he did the same for Holmes's "System of Surgery," (the American edition) besides contributing to the "International Encyclopedia of Surgery."

But the writing, the operating and the pleasant entertaining of friends came to an end when he w^as severely injured by being run over in 1887, and although he worked at intervals the results of the accident ended in his death on April 17, 1896, at his home in Philadelphia.

Among his appointments and writings may be noticed: resident physician, Pennsylvania Hospital; demonstrator of anatomy, Universitj^ of Pennsylvania; surgeon to the Episcopal Hospital; assist- ant surgeon. United States Army; fel- low of the College of Physicians ; president, Philadelphia Academy of Surgery ; honorary fellow, American Surgical Association, etc.

"Clinical Notes and Reflections;" "Diabetic Gangrene;" "Ossification of the Crystalline Lens;" "The Hi;<tory of Toxemia;" "Unusual Surgical Cases;"


"Traumatic Rupture of the Urethra," etc.. etc.

li. Coll. of I'hys. of I'hila,, vol. ix, 1897. Hist, of the Penn. Hospital, 1895.

Hunter, William (1729?-1777).

William Hunter was born 1729 in Scot- hind and educated under the elder Monro at Edinburgh, afterwards studying with great assiduity both at Edinburgh and Leyden.

He came to Rhode Island about 17.52, gave lectures on anatomy, on the history of anatomy, and comparative anatomy, at Newport, during the years 1754-56, these being the first lectures given on the science in New England, if not in Amer- ica. He was soon appointed by the col- ony of Rhode Island surgeon to the troops sent by them to Canada, and afterwards returned to Newport. He married the daughter of Godfrey Malbone.

Independent of his lectures, his liter- ary contributions in behalf of his pro- fession were principally letters addressed to his London namesakes. He was a most eminently successful practitioner, as well as operator and obstetrican.

He was a very handsome man, his manners courtly and amiable, his opin- ions liberal. His medical library was the largest in New England at his day, and contained most of the standard Greek and Latin authors of antiquity, as well as the modern works of his own time. The latter were mostly dispersed by the ac- cidents of the Revolutionry War; what remained of the former were distributed to individuals and medical institutions by his only son the Hon. William Hunter.

According to the "New York Medical Repository" his manuscript lectures are said still to be in existence.

He died at Newport, 1777.

Thacher, American Med. Biog.

Huntington, David Low (1834-1899).

David Low Huntington, army surgeon, graduated in arts at Yale, in medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in 1857. In 1862 lie entered the regular army as assistant surgeon and served mostly in