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September 13, 1890


JAMA. 1890;XV(11):402-403. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410370026007

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Prof. Silas H. Douglas, M.D.  —Dr. Douglas, says the American Lancet, died at his home in Ann Arbor, August 26, aged 74. He was for thirty-three years Professor of Chemistry in Michigan University. His genius organized the chemical laboratories of the University. For many years these had no equal in the United States. Much of the special value of the medical course was due to the exceptional advantages of these laboratories. Following Dr. Douglas Houghton in his occupancy of the Chair of Chemistry, he had the fullest opportunity to carry out his plans of teaching. He will doubtless be long remembered by his connection with the famous Douglas-Rose controversy, that kept at a white heat scientific, social, educational, and political interests of the dominant power in the State. He was an exceptionally good business man for a doctor and a professor, and so was enabled to leave a large estate.

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