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MEMOIR OF GEO. MENDENHALL, M.D.
The committee appointed at the meeting of the Association at Detroit, to report a brief memorial and resolutions expressive of the feeling at the loss of the late Dr. George Mendenhall, beg leave respectfully to present the following.
Dr. George Mendenhall, the twenty-first President of the Ameri. can Medical Association, was born in Pennsylvania May 5, 1814, and died June 4, 1874, at Cincinnati, Ohio. While quite young, be removed with his parents to the State of Ohio.
His early education was procured at the schools of the county where he resided. He began the study of medicine in the office of Dr. Benjamin Stanton, of Columbiana County, Ohio.
He remained under his care for two years and a half, when he entered the Med. ical Department of the University of Pennsylvania, where he continued his medical studies until he graduated in March, 1835.
He still further perfected his studies by serving as one of the resident physicians of Pennsylvania Hospital. Returning West, he located in Cleveland, Ohio, where he continued to practise until October, 1843, having succeeded in securing a position as a successful physician and good citizen.
Owing to impaired health from the rigors of the climate, he removed to Cincinnati, where he continued to reside till his death, a period of thirty years. Like most successful men in the profession, he began his career in Cincinnati a stranger and in moderate circumstances. By dint of industry and honorable conduct, he soon succeeded in winning the good opinion of the public, as well as that of the profession. His business rapidly increased, and for the last fifteen years of his life his entire time was occupied. He was noted for his conscientious attention to all who placed theinselves under his care. He allowed no pleasure or engagement to interfere with his obligations to his patients. Even when suffering physically, he did not spare himself and take the rest he so much needed.
While busy with the practical duties of the profession, he did not neglect those so necessary--the labors of the student. His early years were occupied in close study. In addition to the preparation of the student's Vade Mecum, which passed through several editions, he assisted in editing the Western Lancet, and afterwards the Lancet and Observer.
For several years after removing to Cincinnati, he was attached to a large Dispensary, and also lectured during the summer months in a preparatory medical school.
On the organization of the Miami Medical College of Cincinnati, in 1852, with the late distinguished Dr. R. Mussey at its bead, he accepted the professorship of obstetrics and diseases of women. When the Miami School was consolidated with the Medical College of Ohio, be accepted the same chair.
On the reorganization of the Miami School in 1866 he resumed the duties of his favorite chair, and continued to lecture with great credit until a year before his death. For several years he was attached to the staff of the Cincinnati Hospital, having under his care all diseases of females. His clinical lectures were practical, and attracted a large attendance of students.
As a teacher in his didactic lectures, he was plain, practical, and accurate.
From his extensive experience in obstetrical practice, he gave great force and richness to his lectures.
As a practitioner he was noted for the soundness of his judg. ment and clearness in diagnosis.
He was an honest and a truthful man, faithful to his patients ; upright and loyal in all his relations to his professional brethren. Patient, kind, and honest, he was never moved from the course he believed to be just and right.
He had a profound conviction in the power of the physician to prevent and cure disease. His respect and love for the profession were deep and abiding. He had no sympathy for those who knowingly degrade it by ignorance or charlatanry. In word and deed, he acted with those who upheld the science, the art, and the ethics.
The medical journals contain many valuable papers from his pen.
He was especially the friend of young men, whom he encouraged by kind words and good example.
Few men enjoyed the confidence and esteem of a larger number
of patients and of his profession, than Dr. George Mendenhall. He was a regular attendant at the meetings of this Association.
His health began to fail two years before his death, so that he was forced to withdraw from practice. In the hope of benefiting himself, he passed the greater part of the last year of life in Europe, without, however, any improvement.
While in London, he was elected an honorary member of the Obstetrical Society.
The disease of wbich he died, softening of the brain, gradually advanced after his return home.
Whereas, this Association has learned with profound regret of the death of Dr. George Mendenhall, one of its former Presidents, therefore, be it
Resolved, That in his death the American Medical Association has lost one of its most worthy and distinguished members.
Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions, with the cordial sympathy in their bereavement, be sent to the family.
JOHN A. MURPHY,