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dellana (Prof. James Hall); Amplexus. Yandelli (Edwards and Haime) ; Tracho- nema Yandellana (James Hall) ; Phillips astrea Yandelli (Dr. C. Rominger).

In all the years of his busy life, he was unresting in the labors that he loved. They were diversified, but such was the skill he displayed in each department which he adorned, that in looking at any one specimen of his work we might have supposed that one was his vocation. Whether he wrote history, essays upon geology, on medical themes, biography, the advancement of education, or the wisdom, the power and beneficence of the Creator in His works, he seemed to make each theme his own, and he adorned it with life and beauty. Independently of his lectures, he wrote fully one hundred papers on the various subjects that he had studied, and they are papers of pro- found interest. Among his medical- and general-literature papers, the best known are: " History of American Litera- ture;" "History of Kentucky Medicine;" A Review of the Last of the 'Idyls of the King," Tennyson; "The Diseases of Old Age" (completed and sent to the printer a few days before his death) . He married twice: first to Susan Juliet Wendel and had six children. His second wife was Eliza Bland by whom he had none.

His death on the fourth of February, 1878, was caused by pneumonia, after a few days' illness. Being in pain he asked his son for a portion of opium, and when laudanum was given him, in the Latin of his favorite, Sydenham, he said: "Magnum donum Dei," and these were his last words.

His writings included: "An Intro- ductory Lecture on the Advantages and Pleasures of the Study of Chemistry," 8° Lexington, 1831 ; "An Account of Spas- modic Cholera, as it Appeared in the City of Lexington, in Jime, 1833," Lex- ington, 1833; "Chemistry, as Affording Evidence of the Wisdom of God," an introductory lecture, Lexington, 1835; a prize essay on " Bilious Fever," Louis- ville, 1841; "A Reply to a Critique on Liebig's Animal Chemistry," Louisville,


1843; "On Etherization," 36 pp., 8°, Louisville, 1848; "On the Progress of Etherization," Louisville, 1849; "A Re- ply to the Attack of Dr. Charles Cald- well," 9 pp., 8°, Louisville, 1850; "On the Distribution of the Crinoidea in the Western States of America," Louisville, 1852 (reprint, "Proceedings American Association of Advanced Science," Wash- ington, " History of the Medical Depart- ment of the University of Louisville," an introductory lecture, Louisville 1852; " Biographical Sketch of Dr. B. F. Shum- ard," Indianapolis, 1870; "A Memoir of Dr. Benjamin W. Dudley," 16 pp., 8°, Louisville, 1870; "Epidemic Cholera; Its Origin and Treatment," Louisville, 1871; "Recollections of the Medical Society of Tennessee," published by per- mission from "Lindsley's Medical An- nals of Tennessee," Louisville, 1872; "On Puerperal Convulsions," Louisville, 1871; " Medical Literature of Kentucky," Louis- ville, 1874; "Address on American Med- ical Literature," Philadelphia, 1876; "Notes on the Life and Writings of Dr. Benjamin Rush," "Indianapolis Joxirnal Co.," 1876; "Old Age, Its Diseases and Its Hygiene," 14 pp., 8°, Louisville, 1878, (Reprinted from "American Prac- titioner," Louisville, 1878, xvii).

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Biography (J. M. Toner). Also Tr. Amer. M. Assoc, Philadelphia, 1878, xxix (T. S. Bell), Tr. Kentucky Med. Soc, 1878, Louisville, 1S79, xxiii (R. O. Cowling). Amer. Prae., Louisville, 1878, xvii (T. S. Bell), Louisville M. News, 1878, vol. v (R. O. C), NashviUe Jour. M. and S., 1878, xxi.

Yates, Christopher C. (1778 (?)-l 848).

Christopher C. Yates was born in Rensselaer County, studied medicine with Dr. Samuel Stringer, a veteran in the profession, and was probably licensed by the Supreme Court of the State, in the year 1802 or 1803. For many years he lived in Albany and at one time created great excitement in the community by exhximing, for dissection, a half-breed Indian who had died there. The public were incensed by such sacrilege, and Dr.