Iowa History Project


History of Medicine in Iowa
by D.S. Fairchild, M.D., F.A.C.S.
reprinted from The Journal of the Iowa State Medical Society, 1927
transcribed from the original book for the Iowa History Project by S. Ferrall


J.H. Talboy
pg 183, mention
The Interstate Medical News, an independent medical journal of medicine, surgery and allied sciences was edited by J.H. Talboy, M.D. The associate editor and publisher was Charles M. Wade, M.D. It appeared in Sioux City, published quarterly, the first number dated February 15, 1895 and contained 38 pages. Two numbers appeared and then suspended publication, we assume for the want of financial support.
G.W. Taylor
pg 46, mention
First secretary of Louisa county Medical Association, organized in 1852.
Morse K. Taylor
pg 142, full text
Col. Morse K. Taylor, a surgeon of the regular army, was sent to take general charge of the hospitals in Keokuk, in the autumn of 1861, when they passed from the control of the State of Iowa, to that of the United States. At this time Dr. McGugin had gone with his regiment to the "front" and Dr. Taylor very acceptably filled the chair of physiology and pathology in his absence; this he continued to do until Dr. McGugin's return in 1863. Dr. Taylor was noted for his strict observance of army regulations, and his painstaking efforts to interest. Of somewhat haughty demeanor, his relations with his associates were never very cordial. He continued in the army medical service at various army posts, until his death, which occurred about 1885. At one time after leaving Keokuk, he was connected with the medical department of Lind University, Chicago, now the Northwestern University Medical School, as professor of physiology.
(pg 142)
R. Howe Taylor
pg 153, mention
The Iowa Central Medical Society in Marshall county, formed in September, 1856, , with eight members holding quarterly meetings at Marietta. Dr. Elias Fisher was elected the first president and Dr. R. Howe Taylor secretary.
T.G. Taylor
pg 47, mention
Began practice in Louisa county prior to 1850. Dr. Taylor does not appear to have been a graduate of a medical college but was a successful practitioner in Wapello until he removed to Muscatine where he died in 1887 or 1888.
Dr. Teas
pg 18, mention
Dr. Teas located in Burlington in 1835.
James Thistle
pg 154, mention
Elected treasurer of the newly formed Scott County Medical Society on October 28, 1856.
F.S. Thomas
pg 163, mention
At the August 14, 1895 meeting, Dr. F.S. Thomas was serving as secretary of Council Bluffs Medical Society.
J.J. Thomson
pg 154
Elected secretary of the newly formed Scott County Medical Society on October 28, 1856.
Seneca Brown Thrall
pg 119 & 122, mention; pg 222-223, full text
From Ottumwa, he was elected a censor at the 18th annual meeting of the Iowa State Medical Society at Des Moines, February 5, 1868. (pg 119)

At it's eighteenth annual meeting of the Iowa State Medical Society in Des Moines, February 5, 1868, Articles of Incorporation were presented. Seneca B. Thrall appeared as one of those present and was named as a trustee of the Society for the first year and as a signer of the Articles on the 6th day of February, A.D., 1868 (pg 122)

Dr. Seneca Brown Thrall was born in Utica, Licking county, Ohio, August 9, 1832. His father, Dr. H.L. Thrall was a professor in Kenyon College, and in Starling Medical College, Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Seneca B. Thrall graduated A.B. at Kenyon College, received his A.M. degree in 1855, and graduated in medicine from the University of New York in 1853. As was the custom at that time, he read medicine in his preceptor's office (his father). Dr. Thrall received a liberal education both in arts and medicine, as it was thought in those days, and was well fitted for a career of usefulness. His energy and active habits of life brought unusual success. He commenced practice with his father and after two years, with his father and one additional year of practice at Belle Center, Logan county, Ohio, he located in Ottumwa in May, 1856. In 1859, Dr. Thrall became a member of the Iowa State Medical Society and in 1869 was president. In 1873, he was elected secretary of the Society in which office he served until 1877 in a most efficient manner. For nearly thirty years, Dr. Thrall was one of the most active members, watchful and uncompromising in his opposition to medical politics which had for its purpose the advancement of selfish ambition. For many years two medical schools factions struggled for supremacy in the councils of the society, leading to much ill-feeling, but Drs. Thrall, Williamson, Watson and others were always on guard. The year Dr. Thrall came to Ottumwa he married Miss Mary Brooks and together they builded [sic] a home where he died January 20, 1888, at 56 years of age. In 1862, Dr. Thrall was appointed a surgeon to the Keokuk Military Hospital, and was soon commissioned surgeon to the Thirteenth Iowa Infantry and continued in the service until May, 1864.
(pg 222-223)
Mary Tinley
pg 163, mention
At the August 10, 1898 meeting, Dr. Mary Tinley was elected secretary of Council Bluffs Medical Society.
V.L. Treynor
pg 162, mention
At the August 9, 1893 meeting, Dr. V.L. Treynor was elected secretary of Council Bluffs Medical Society
S.H. Tyron
pg 23-24, full text
Dr. S.H. Tyron came to Marion, Lynn* county about 1838. At that time few white settlers had arrived in Lynn county, which was not created and named until December, 1838. Marion was laid out and established as the county seat in 1839. That part of Lynn county about Marion and Cedar Rapids became the center of varied interests between the organization of the county in 1838 and 1849. It is recorded that a store, a mill and a court house were built before the close of 1840. A Methodist church and a gang of horse thieves were organized, the latter having Cedar Rapids as its headquarters in the first cabin built on the present site of the City of Cedar Rapids by one Shepard,a notorious outlaw. We have no information as to the nature of Dr. Tyron's practice, only that he was a well known character. He was at one time acting county clerk and occupied many places of trust and honor. (pg 23-24)

*Transcribers note: now spelled Linn county.

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