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Died, at Boston, March 18, of disease
of the heart, George C. Shattuck, M. D.,
in the 71st year of his age. Dr. S. was a native of Templeton, Mass., a
graduate of Dartmouth College, and a man of great personal and
professional worth. He was a most liberal patron of science. One of his
latest donations was for the purpose of establishing a professorship in
Shattuck, George Cheyne,
Junior (1813- 1893).
George Cheyne Shattuck was born in
Boston, Massachusetts, July 22, 1813, the son of Dr. George Cheyne and
Eliza Cheever Davis Shattuck, and grandson, on his mother's side, of the
Hon. Caleb Davis, all of Boston.
His early education was obtained at
the Boston Latin School and at the famous " Round Hill School " at
Northampton, Massachusetts. It was there, probably, that the interest in
educational matters began which led him in later life to found St.
Paul's School in Concord, New Hampshire. In his early life his love of
study was, perhaps, over-stimulated by his father, so that he was
inclined to work beyond the strength of a not too rugged constitution.
He received his A. B. from Harvard College in 1831, and
after spending a year at the Harvard
Law School he entered the Harvard Medical School, took his M. D. in 1835
and then went abroad for study. In common with his friends, Bowditch,
Stillé and Met- calfe, he was much influenced by the methods, the
teaching and personality of Louis, with whom he kept up an intimacy
until the letter's death forty years later. Shattuck and Stillé read
papers before the Paris Society for Medical Observation, in 1838, that
served to mark out the distinction between typhus and typhoid fevers.
On April 9, 1840, having settled to
practice in Boston, he married Anne Henrietta Brune of Baltimore.
For nearly twenty years he was a
professor in the Harvard
Medical School; from 1855 to 1859, professor of clinical medicine, and
from 1859 to 1873, professor of the theory and practice of medicine. In
1849 he succeeded Oliver Wendell Hohnes as visiting physician to the
Massachusetts General Hospital and served in this capacity for
thirty-six years. He was president of the Massachusetts Medical Society
from 1872 to 1874, and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and
He died March 22, 1893. He was
survived by a daughter and two sons, one of the latter being Frederick
Cheever Shattuck, who became professor of clinical medicine in the
Harvard Medical School, and the other, George Brune Shattuck, the editor
of the " Boston Medical and Surgical Journal. ' ' An oil painting of Dr.
Shattuck is in the Boston Medical Library. W. L. B.
Shattuck Memorials, Lemuel Shattuck,
A Brief Sketch of the Life of Dr.
George Cheyne Shattuck, by Caleb Davis Bradlee,
personal edited research notes of Michael Echols, the source of which
may or may not be completely documented)