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Yates braved the storm almost at the risk of his life.

In 1812, a bilious epidemic fever appeared in Albany, upon which Dr. Yates wrote an article which was pub- lished in the "American and Philosoph- ical Register," in 1813. He attributed the prominent characteristics of the disease to derangement of the Uver and regarded the malady as purely inflamma- tory, and the treatment adopted as of the old heroic practice. The article was reviewed by Drs. Hosack and Francis. In 1820, he took an active and decided part in the controversy on yellow fever.

In 1832 he published an article on " Epidemic, Asiatic or Spasmodic Cholera, Prevailing in the City of New York, with advice to planters in the south on the medical treatment of their slaves."

He also discussed cholera in a letter to Dr. Parent P. Staats, the health officer of Albany in 1832, and gave an account of the disease as observed by French authors. These articles are preserved in the State Library. While living in New York, Dr. Yates lost a son, Winfield Scott, a lad of eighteen, extraordinarily proficient in the various branches of learning.

Yates gave his attention to the cure of stammering, as a professional specialty, but there remains no evidence that he was particularly skillful in such cases.

He returned to Albany about 1840, but went eventually to Parishborough, in Nova Scotia, where he passed the rest of his days, and died September 23, 1848.

In personal appearance, he was tall, with a slender figure, an intelligent face, and prepossessing address. Though a man well read in his profession, and of considerable intellectual ability and cul- ture, it is truthful to add, that in his character and example, there was nothing to admire but everything to avoid; and that his influence upon the profession and upon society was demoralizing.

Ann. of the Med. Soc. of the County of Albany, (1806-1851). Sylvester D. Willard.


Young, Daniel S. (1827-1902).

Daniel S. Young, surgeon, artist and inventor, was born in New York in 1827 and graduated in medicine at the Albany Medical College, New York, in 1855, set- tling in Cincinnati. During the war he was surgeon of the 21st Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry, afterward lecturing on surgery in the Cincinnati College of Medicine and Surgery. He contributed some valuable papers on miUtary surgery to the "Cincinnati Journal of Medicine," which was edited by G. C. Blackman, accompanying them with beautiful col- ored illustrations, all his own work, he being an expert draftsman, painter, engraver, lithographer and wood-cutter. Young was engaged in writing a " Surg- ical History of the Civil War, but aban- doned the work when the War Depart- ment announced the preparation of such a work by the surgeon-general's ofHce. He was for some years connected with the surgical staff of the Cincinnati Hospital and had a wide reputation as a surgeon and obstetrician. He died in 1902.

Dan Young, as he was known, was a versatile man. Years ago he discovered that zinc plates might be used for engrav- ing but never thought of patenting his invention. He was a master of the art of etching and modelling; and some beauti- ful samples of his work are to be found in the library of the Cincinnati Hospital. He was also a violin-maker; in fact, there was hardly any kind of handiwork in which he did not excel. In making splints or dressings of any kind he was quick as he was resourceful and artistic. It is but natural to suppose that he possessed the eccentricities of genius to a Uberal extent.

Young in 1867 reported a case of gan- grene of the heart, a pathological curios- ity. In 1880 he made a drawing within twelve hours after the shooting of Presi- dent Garfield, showing the exact location of the bullet; and the autopsy, made many weeks later, proved the correctness of Young's diagram. O. J.

~^ Taken from "Daniel Drake and His Follow- ers," Otto Juettner.