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 Alfred Mitchell, M.D.

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Name: Alfred Mitchell
Death date: Jun 13, 1915
Place of death: Brunswick, ME
Birth date: 1838
Type of practice: Allopath
Practice specialities:GS General Surgery, OBG Obstetrics/Gynecol, IM Internal Medicine
Hospital affiliations: Maine General Hospital, Central Maine General Hospital
Medical school(s): Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, 1865, (G)
Professorship: Bowdoin Medical School, Brunswick-Portland: Medical School of Maine, therapeutics, obstetrics, pediatrics, gynecology, pract. of med., internal med.
Journal of the American Medical Association Citation: 65:43; (M)

From the Bowdoin College Alumni:  A. B. ; A. M. 1862; Medical School 1862, 1864-65;  M.D. Columbia 1865;  LL.D, Bowdoin 1907.  Born 1837 Yarmouth.  Asst. Surgeon 9th Maine Volunteers 1864.  Physician Bunswick 1865-1915; Lecturer in Pathologh 1869-70;  Pathology, therapeutics 1870-72; Adjunct Prof. 1872-73; Prof. Obstet. Diseases of Women and Children 1894-97; Lecturer in Pathology and Practice of Medicine 1897-98.  Pres. Maine Medical Association 1892-93.  Comd. Maine Loyal Legion 1910-11.  Died 1915 Brunswick.

Dr. Alfred Mitchell was born at Yarmouth, Maine, March 17, 1837, and there passed the years of his youth. He graduated from Bowdoin College in 1859 with the degree of A.B., received from the same institution the degree of A.M. in 1862 and the degree of LL.D. in 1907. He later attended the College of Physicians and Surgeons of New York City, from which he was graduated with the class of 1865, receiving the degree of M.D. He chose as his place of residence the town of Brunswick, Maine, where he engaged in the active practice of his profession, and by his ability and skill won and retained an extensive patronage. He was one of the very prominent members of the medical fraternity in his native State, his fame and reputation extending throughout its length and breadth. The ability of a man to rise above the ranks and attain a position of prominence in his chosen calling presupposes a strength above the average, a stability of character that will endure all discouragement and disappointments and in the end triumph over every impediment that obstructs the pathway to success. Dr. Mitchell was a man who attained honor and prestige in his native State by personal merits, by integrity of character and by a strict adherence to the highest standards of principle.

He served as assistant surgeon of the Ninth Regiment of Maine Volunteer Infantry, and was a well known authority on many branches of medicine. He was lecturer in therapeutics and pathology and professor of obstetrics and the diseases of children at the Medical School of Maine, Bowdoin College, and later was professor of internal medicine and dean for many years of the School of Medicine, Brunswick, Maine/ He took an active part in the general interests of his profession, and was president of the Maine Medical Association during the years 1892-93. In addition to his many excellent characteristics, Dr. Mitchell was a man of patriotism and public spirit, performing his full share in defending the honor and integrity of this great Republic, and held membership in the Loyal Legion of Maine, serving as its commander in the State in 1910-11. Dr. Mitchell married Abbie E. Swett, a native of Phippsburg, Maine, and they were the parents of five children: Harold, died in infancy; Elizabeth, wife of Horace Burrough, Jr., of Baltimore, Maryland; Alfred, of whom further; Frances S., wife of Henry S. Chapman, of Winchester, Massachusetts, a son of Professor Henry L. Chapman, of Bowdoin College; and John L., a graduate of Bowdoin College, a resident of Manchester, New Hampshire, where he is engaged as an overseer in the Amoskeag Mills. Dr. Mitchell, after a long and useful career, died June 13, 1915, at Brunswick, aged seventy-eight years.

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

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