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A Systematic Treatise
Action and Uses or Medicinal Agents
Description and History
by Alfred Stille
Published by Blanchard and Lea, Philadelphia, 1860
Marked U.S.A. Hospital Department (United States Army Hospital Department)
STILLE, Alfred, physician, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 30 October, 1813. He was graduated at the University of Pennsylvania in 1832 and at the medical department of that university in 1836, after which he was elected resident physician of the Philadelphia hospital. Dr. Stille then spent two years in higher medical studies in Paris and elsewhere in Europe, and in 1851 resumed them in Vienna.
During 1839-'41 he was resident physician to the Pennsylvania hospital. In 1844 he began to lecture on pathology and the practice of medicine before the Pennsylvania association for medical instruction, and continued do so until 1850, also becoming physician to St. Joseph's hospital in 1849. He was elected professor of the theory and practice of medicine in Pennsylvania medical college in 1854, and filled that chair until 1859. In 1864 he was chosen to a similar place in the medical department of the University of Pennsylvania, which he held until 1884, when he was made professor emeritus. During 1865-'71 he was physician and lecturer on clinical medicine in the Philadelphia hospital. The degree of LL.D. was conferred on him in 1876 by Pennsylvania college.
He is a member of various medical societies, and was president of the Philadelphia county medical society in 1862, and of the American medical association in 1871, and of the College of physicians of Philadelphia in 1885. Dr. Stille has contributed to medical journals, and was associated with Dr. J. Forsyth Meigs in the translation of Andral's "Pathological Haematology" (Philadelphia, 1844). Among his works are "Medical Instruction in the United States" (1845); " Elements of General Pathology" (1848); "Report on Medical Literature" (1850) : " The Unity of Medicine" (1856) ; "Humboldt's Life and Characters" (1859) ; "Therapeutics and Materia Medica : a Systematic Treatise on the Actions and Uses of Medicinal Agents" (2 vols., 1860) ; "War as an Instrument of Civilization" (1862); and "Epidemic Meningitis, or Cerebro-Spinal Meningitis" (1867). He was associated with John M. Maisch in the preparation of the " National Dispensatory" (1879), and he edited the second edition of the "Treatise on Medical Jurisprudence," originally written by his brother, Moreton Stille, with Francis Wharton.
The Therapeutics and Materia Medical by Stille was one of the Civil War medical books issued to the Union Army medical personnel during the war by the Surgeon General of the United States Army.
It is evident that this is one of those Civil War medical books by the U.S.A. Hospital Department stamp that adorns the front covers of these antique medical books.
Stille, Therapeutics and Materia Medica.
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