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DR. EDWARD WARREN (BEY).

        A BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH OF DR. EDWARD WARREN (BEY).

        The eminence in his profession attained by Dr. Edward Warren (Bey) and the prominence he has acquired in the two hemispheres, commends the following most interesting sketch to the readers of these Reminiscences of Eminent North Carolinians, we make the following extract from the Medical Journal of North Carolina; it has been enlarged and continued to date of this publication, and is eminently fit to be preserved in this form.

        Dr. Edward Warren (Bey) was born in Tyrrell County, North Carolina, on the 22nd of January, 1828, of parents who emigrated from Virginia, and who belonged to two of the oldest and most distinguished families of that State. His father, Dr. Wm. C. Warren, was also a physician of eminence and a man of unusual intelligence and purity of character.

        When the subject of this sketch was only four years of age, his father removed him with his family to Edenton, North Carolina, where the son was educated up to his sixteenth year, when he was sent to the Fairfax Institute, near Alexandria, Virginia; and two years afterwards to the University of Virginia. In the latter institution he greatly distinguished himself, having secured honors and diplomas in many of its Academic Schools, and having graduated after a single course in its Medical Department. In 1850 he delivered the valedictory oration before the Jefferson Society, which was then esteemed the honor of the College.

        In 1851 he graduated in the Jefferson Medical College of Philadelphia, and whilst pursuing his studies in that city, conceived the idea of injecting a solution of morphia under the skin for the relief of pain, using for the purpose a lancet-puncture, and Anel's syringe. In this mode of medication, he was therefore, four years in advance of the inventor of the hypodermic syringe.

        This device was made the subject of a thesis prepared for presentation to the Faculty upon applying for his degree, but one of the Professors, to whom he had confided the idea, so forcibly expressed the opinion that it was both chimerical and dangerous, that the thesis was witheld and another substituted in its place.

        Dr. Warren, however, soon after his grad uation, found occasion to put his idea into practical operation.

        During the years of 1854 and 1855 he studied medicine in Paris, where he formed an intimate friendship with some of the leading medical men of France, and occupied himself by corresponding with The American Journal of Medical Sciences, and other leading American Medical Journals.

        Returning to America in the summer of 1855, he settled as a practitioner in Edenton, N. C., where he soon acquired an extended reputation, both as a physician and as a surgeon. In 1856 he delivered the annual address before the State Medical Society, which was most favorably received, and also obtained the "Fiske Fund Prize" for an essay on the "Effects of Pregnancy on the Development of Tuberculosis," which was subsequently published in book form, and has ever since been regarded as a leading work on the subject.

        In 1857 he was elected editor of the Medical Journal of North Carolina; made a member of the Gynęcological Society of Boston; and chosen a delegate from the American Medical Association.

        On the 16th of November of the same year, he married Miss Elizabeth Cotten Johnstone, of Edenton, a lady of rare beauty and most lovely character. By referring to Wheeler's History of North Carolina, it will also be seen that the Johnstones are directly descended from
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