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in his profession, but as n citizen in whatever community he Hved. His wife, Janet Sterling Denny, long survived him, and his two sons, Wilson Delano Turney and Samuel Denny Turney, became ])rominent men of their time, the former as a man of affars and politician, tl>e latter as a physician. C. A.

Turney, Samuel Denny (1824-187S).

The son of Dr. Daniel Turney and Janet SterUng Denny, he was born in Columbus, ( )hio, on the twenty-sixth of December, 1824.

Kingdon College, Gaml)ier, Ohio, had completed his education ])ro tern, when he went to Circleville, Ohio, to be a drug- gist's assistant to .support his mother.

Shortly after, he studied medicine with Dr. P. K. Hall, and in 1857 graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, then returned to Circleville until the Civil War began, when he was successively surgeon to the Thirteenth Ohio Volunteer Infan- try; staff colonel and medical director of Van Clave's Division of the Army of the Cumberland and medical director-gen- eral of the hospitals at Murf reesboro. He was very keen on the erection of block- houses, but, as usual in war time there was a great deal of inefficient medical aid. A medicine chest was furnished each house, but knowledge to use its contents was often lacking. Turney wrote a semi-official and amusing pamph- let to go with each chest entitled " Block- house Surgery for Block-heads."

He returned to private practice after the war and became professor of phy- siology and pathology in the Starling Medical College. After a visit to Euro- pean clinics he became professor in the same college of diseases of women and children.

As an operator he was, at the beginning of an operation, somewhat nervous, but afterwards rapid and brilliant. He kept well up with the times both in work and reading and his writings included:

" History of the War of the Rebellion."

"A New Principle in the Application of the Obstetric Forceps."


"The Use of Esmarch Bandages in Chronic Ulcers."

"Sofid Food in Typhoid Fever." Turney died after an attack of inflam- mation of the brain on January 18, 1878.

C. A.

Memoir of S. D. Turney (J. H. Pooley), Cin- ciii., 1878.

(^hio M. and Surg. .lour., Columbus, 1878, II. s. vol. iii.

Tr. Ohio Med. Sec, Columbus, 1878, vol. xxxiii (B. B. Leonard).

Turner, Edward Kitchen.

Shadowy gossip from old documents makes us long for more about Edward Turner and to wish we knew him better.

Graduating from Harvard in the year 1771, he came to Kennebunk and from there went to the Port or the place where the river empties into the sea below the main village of Kennebunk of to-day. In a short time he vanished into the dark- ness of the wild and desolate sea. Com- ing to Kennebunk, shortly after gradua- tion, he soon showed himself a stalwart man. When Dr. Ebenezer Rice, of that time, began to show the white feather, Turner stood up and took the lead in opposition to the tyranny of King George. How it happened that he is found remain- ing so long in this neighborhood, instead of going to the front, we do not know, un- less he thought that he could do better work at home, raising funds, drilling men, and getting them pushed along into service. His turn came when a privateer sailed into Port, or perhaps was fitted out there, and Turner was made surgeon's mate. Everybody round about had hked him for his busy ways for he had done good medical work during his short stay.

So he set sail on a privateer, but of all who saw liim go, no one ever heard another word of Edward Kitchen Turner.

His was a brief, bold and generous career, promising greater things had time allowed. J. A. S.

From Old Papers.

Turnipseed, Edward Berriam (1829-1883).

This surgeon was born in Richland

County, South Carolina, on October 29,