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Lot 92: Samuel Latham Mitchill (1764-1831)
29 October 2016
Wells, ME, USA
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Description: Samuel Latham Mitchill (1764-1831) was an American physician, naturalist, and politician who lived in Plandome, New York. Mitchill taught chemistry, botany, and natural history at Columbia College from 1792 until 1801 and was a founding editor of The Medical Repository, the first medical journal in the United States. In addition to his Columbia lectures on botany, zoology, and mineralogy, Mitchill collected, identified, and classified many plants and animals, particularly aquatic organisms. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1797. From 1807 to 1826, he taught at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of New York and then helped organize the short-lived Rutgers Medical College of New Jersey, which he served as vice president until 1830. While at Columbia, Mitchill developed a fallacious theory of disease, which however resulted in his promotion of personal hygiene and improved sanitation. Offered here is an original engraved portrait done circa 1832. Image size approx. 4-1/2 x 3-3/8 in. plus pretty clean margins except for one small light spot well away from image.
Condition Report: VG