January 2, 1967


JAMA. 1967;199(1):40-41. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120010084024

Valentineg surgeon of New York in the 19th century, achieved his fame, among several accomplishments, for the application of ligatures to many of the great vessels. Mott was born in Glen Cove, Long Island; his father was a physician; his family were Quakers.1 At the age of 19, Mott was apprenticed to kinsman Valentine Seaman, surgeon to the New York Hospital. At the age of 21, he obtained his medical degree from the Medical Department at Columbia College; as a "Citizen of the State of New-York, and President of the American Aesculapian Society," he presented the inaugural dissertation, entitled The Chemical and Medical Properties of Statice Limonium,2 a plant with astringent properties sometimes used in the treatment of diarrhea and hemorrhoids.

Mott went to Europe for two years to continue postgraduate instruction, and there he was attracted to Sir Astley Cooper of London, surgeon and surgical anatomist, then