Syphilitic Caries of the Skull.

Maury, Francis Fontaine, 1840-1879.

Journal : Photographic review of medicine & surgery ; vol. 1., no. 6.

Philadelphia : J. B. Lippincott & Co., 1870-71.

Description : pp. 78-80, [1] pl. ; ill.: 1 photo. ; 24 cm.

Photograph : mounted albumen.

Subject : Cranium — Syphilitic lesions.

Notes :


a prominent and talented Philadelphia surgeon, died June 4th, in Philadelphia, in the thirty-ninth year of his age, of congestion of the lungs. Between two and three months ago Dr. Maury accompanied the late Colonel Samuel S. Moon on a trip to the Hot Springs, Arkansas, where Colonel Moon went for his health, Dr. Maury traveling with him as medical adviser. When he left the city, Dr. Maury's wife was in perfect health, but was seized with acute peritonitis during his absence, and died just before he returned home. Overwhelmed with grief at this sudden loss, he was soon afterward taken sick himself, and continued to grow worse until he was seized with the attack which carried him off. Dr. Maury was born in Danville, Kentucky, on the 4th of August, 1840. His father was a clergyman, a native of Virginia, and descended from a French Huguenot family. The deceased was educated at Center College, Danville, and graduated in 1859. He attended his first course of lectures at the medical department of the University of Virginia, but went the next year to Philadelphia, and graduated at Jefferson Medical College in 1862. Since his graduation, Dr. Maury has always lived and practiced in Philadelpia He was the first surgeon in the United States to perform the operation of gastrotomy. Dr. Maury edited " The Photographic Bureau of Medicine and Surgery " for two years, and published a number of reports of medical and surgical cases. He was surgeon to the Jefferson Medical College Hospital, and it was largely through his efforts that this hospital was established. He was also one of the surgeons to the Philadelphia Hospital, and during the war was Surgeon-in-chief of the United States Army Hospital at Twenty-fourth and South Streets, Philadelphia. He was lecturer on venereal and cutaneous diseases in Jefferson Medical College, and was also a fellow of the Philadelphia College of Physicians and member of the Pathological Society. — New York Medical Journal, vol. xxx., 1879; pp. 223-224.

Nor was Philadelphia behind her neighbor city in instruction in this branch of medicine, for in 1866 a lectureship on cutaneous and venereal diseases was established in the Jefferson Medical College, the late Dr. Francis F. Maury, one of the early members of this Association, being appointed to the place, a position which he held until the time of his death, only a few brief months ago. Venereal diseases here received special consideration, Dr. Maury, through his vast experience with these affections, being eminently fitted to impart the knowledge he had thus acquired. He taught the subject clinically, and from a sternly practical standpoint, always with particular reference to therapy, upon which he was wont to dilate so earnestly and with such forcible expression as to deeply impress his hearers. He was emphatically a popular lecturer, his love for the profession, together with his magnetic presence, impulsive, rapid, at times passionate utterance and flow of language, his agreeable voice, sympathetic and fascinating manner, and genial traits, all conducing to render him a great favorite, not only with his class, but with all with whom he came in contact, outside as well as within the circle of the profession. In general surgery, to which branch of medicine he mainly devoted his energies, he undoubtedly achieved his most enduring laurels. As a surgeon he was second to none, being notably distinguished for excellence of judgment and as a brilliant and unusually successful operator. His untimely death, at the early age of thirty-nine, is a loss to the community at large, to his many friends, and to the profession to which he had so zealously devoted himself. — Duhring, (1879) The rise of American dermatology. New York Medical Journal, vol. xxx., p. 479.

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