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 Melancthon W. Fish, M.D

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FISH, MELANCTHON  W., Oakland, Cal., son of Reuben Fish and Fanny Fish, was born in Kortright, Delaware со., N. Y., March 20th, 1828. He was educated in the Wesleyan seminary, Albion, Mich., and studied medicine in the Rush med. coll., whence he graduated in 1854.

He resided in Shanghai, China, till 1861, and then returned to this country and entered the U. S. army, where he was until 1870. ITe went to live in Oakland. He is a member of the Alameda со. mecí. asso. ; Cal. Stale mecí, soc., presitlL'iU in 1876.

During the war he was surgeon in the I Ith Missouri, infantry vols, from 1862 lo 1865; detailed acting ass't medical inspector lolli army corps, anil in charge of U. S. army gen. hosp., at Jefferson barracks, Mo., and served also with regiments in the field,. 

He holds the position of prof, of physiology in the med. dep't of the univ. of California.

Union surgeon, Missouri 11th Infantry.

M. W. Fish served in the Civil War as a full surgeon in the Union Army, Missouri 11th Infantry, address 461, E. 14th. St, Oakland, California, mustered out May 1865.

Medical and Surgical History citations:  FISH, M. W 570, 623, 629, 632, 749, 853

Donnell, S.P., Pt., H, 11th Missouri, age 20. May 22, 1863. Fracture of left elbow joint by conoidal ball. May 22, 1863. Excision of elbow joint, by Surg. M. W. Fish, 11th Missouri. Union by fibrous tissue. Disch'd Oct. 11, 1863; pensioned. Arm useless; false joint.

Spilkey, E. B., Pt., H, 11th Missouri. Mar. 30, 30, '65. Left; w'd of thorax; by Surg. M. W. Fish. Died May 26, 1865.

Alsen, H., Pt., I, 8th Wisconsin. May 22, 22, '63. Right; by Surg. M. W. Fish, 11th Missouri. Discharged.

Yates, O. J., Pt., F, 11th Maine, age 37. Aug. 16, Sept 15, 1864. Left; circ.; by A. A. Surg. E. P. Fish; (gangrene.) Disch'd Jan. 20, 1865; pensioned. Amp. at shoulder joint June 20, 1865.

To the President of the University of California:

Sir: Your favor of October twenty-second, requesting a report on the changes in the College of Dentistry within the past two years and its most pressing needs at present, is at hand.


In the Faculty proper there have been two changes. In December, 1887, S. W. Dennis, M.D., D.D.S., Professor of Operative Dentistry and Dental Histology, resigned, and L. L. Dunbar, D.D.S., was appointed to the position thus made vacant. M. W. Fish, M.D., Professor of Physiology, also resigned at the same time, and A. A. D'Ancona, A.B., M.D., was appointed to fill the vacancy.


This College was the second Dental College in the United States to adopt a nine months' course of instruction, the third to require a preliminary examination, and the third to require three years' study of dentistry before graduation. The National Association of Dental Faculties has induced other Colleges to increase their requirements, so that now about half of them require three years' study, instead of two, before graduation; and five or six have increased their courses of lectures from five to nine months.


(The personal edited research notes of Michael Echols, the source of which may or may not be completely documented)


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