Joseph O'Dwyer, one of the brightest lights of American pediatrics, was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on Oct. 12, 1841. His early life was spent in Canada near London, Ontario, where he went to school and began his medical studies under a preceptor, Dr. Anderson. In 1864 he went to New York and entered the College of Physicians and Surgeons, from which he was graduated in 1866. He was made an intern in the Charity Hospital, and during the epidemic of cholera he had entire charge of the medical service at Blackwell's Island. Subsequently typhus fever broke out, and he contracted the disease but made an uneventful recovery. In 1868-1869 he was admitting officer to the hospitals under the department of charities and correction. He opened an office at Second Avenue and Fifty-Fifth Street and began teaching classes in diagnosis. He was associated with the New York Foundling Hospital from the
RUHRÄH J. JOSEPH O'DWYER 1841-1898: NOTE ON THE HISTORY OF INTUBATION. Am J Dis Child. 1935;50(4):998–1002. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1935.01970100176016
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