American Civil War Medicine & Surgical Antiques

Surgical Set collection from 1860 to 1865 - Civilian and Military

Civil War:  Medicine, Surgeon Education & Medical Textbooks

 Dr. Michael Echols  &  Dr. Doug Arbittier

 

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American Civil War Surgical Antiques

Research and Identification

Civil War Era Surgical Sets, Surgeon's Images

Civil War Surgeon Education & Medical Textbooks

Established 1995    .     Dr. Michael Echols Collection

 

As seen in:  Warman's Civil War Collectibles, Antique Week, Northeast Antiques, Antiques & Collecting publications, and various TV programs

Horace A. Ackley, M.D.

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ACKLEY, HORACE A. (Aug. 1810-26 Apr. 1859), was a surgeon, the first local physician to use ether in surgery, and a founder of the Cleveland Medical College, now the medical school of CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY. Born in Genesee, County, N.Y., he attended lectures at the College of Physicians & Surgeons of the Western District of the State of New York from 1833-34, a student of JOHN DELAMATER and classmate of JOHN LANG CASSELS.

After being licensed in 1834, Ackley moved to Akron, Ohio in 1835, then to Toledo, and in 1839 to Cleveland. He performed the first ether-assisted operation in the WESTERN RESERVE only 3 months after it was first publicly demonstration in Boston in 1847. By 1850 Ackley confined his practice to surgery, becoming so well known that in 1855 Stephen A. Douglas had him operate on his throat, removing his uvula. In addition to his practice, Ackley worked at Cleveland's City Hospital and U.S. MARINE HOSPITAL and helped found the Northern Ohio Insane Asylum in Newburg in 1851.

Ackley demonstrated anatomy at Willoughby Medical College from 1835 to 1842 when, due to a dispute among the faculty, he and Drs. Cassels, Delamater, and JARED POTTER KIRTLAND left, founding the Cleveland Medical College under the charter of Western Reserve University. Ackley taught surgery and conducted clinics in surgery and medicine until his resignation in 1856.

In 1837, he married Sophia Howell of Willoughby. They had 1 son, Horace Hall Ackley (1846-1905). Ackley, first buried at ERIE ST. CEMETERY, was reinterred at LAKE VIEW CEMETERY in 1915.


The original faculty of the Cleveland Medical College was constituted as follows:

John Delamater, M.D. (1787-1867) . Prof, of Midwifery and Diseases of Women and Children.

Jared P. Kirtland, M.D. (1793-1877) . Prof, of the Theory and Practice of Medicine.

Horace A. Ackley, M.D. (1815-1859) . Professor of Surgery.

John Lang Cassels, M.D. (1808-1879) . Professor of Materia Medica.

Noah Worcester, M. D., (1812-1847) . Prof, of Physical Diagnosis and Diseases of the Skin.

Samuel St. John, M.D. (1813-1876) . Professor cf Chemistry.


Jacob J. Delamater, M. D Lecturer on Physiology.

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Civil War Medical Collections 

 

Direct links to all medical & Civil War collections on this site                         

American Surgical Sets:

Pre-Civil War:  1 | 2  -   Post-Civil War:  3  -  Civil War 1861-1865:  4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8   INDEX

Medical Text-Books:

1 | 1a | 2 | 2a | 3 | 3a | 4 | 4a | 5 | 5a | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 9a | 10 | 11 | 12    INDEX

Surgeon General's Office Library printed catalogues: 1840 | 1864 | 1865
Medical Lecture Cards: 1 | 2 | 34 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21    INDEX

Medical Faculty and Authors:

INDEX

Navy Surgeon Exams:

1863 Navy Surgeon Applicant Exams with Biographies   INDEX ONE | INDEX TWO

Surgeon CDVs, Images:

Army: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8    INDEX

Navy: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8   

Hosp Dep't Bottles, Tins, 

U.S. Army Pannier:

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

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