Bio of Stephen Holmes Weeks
As found in REPRESENTATIVE MEN OF MAINE
A Collection of Biographical Sketches.
Prepaired under the direction of Henry Chase
Portland, ME.
The Lakeside Press, Publisher
1893

STEPHEN HOLMES WEEKS, Portland, Me., son of John and Mehitable (Holmes) Weeks, was born in Cornish, Me., October 6th, 1835. Receiving an academical education at Fryeburg Academy, he studied medicine at the Portland School for Medical Instruction, attended lectures at the Medical School of Maine, Bowdoin College, and at the Medical Departrnent of the University of Pennsylvania, receiving his degree of M.D. from the latter institution in March, 1864. Upon graduating, he established himself in Portland, where he has since remained. In 1880 he spent ten months in Europe visiting the hospitals, spending the most of the time in London, Edinburgh, Paris, Berlin, and Vienna. In 1890 he attended the International Medical Congress, held in Berlin, and then spent three months in the German hospitals, also spending some time in the hospitals of London and Paris. In 1889 he received the honorary degree of A.M. from Bowdoin College.

He is a member of the Maine Medical Association, and was its President in 1889. He is a member of the American Medical Association, and a Fellow of the American Surgical Association. In 1876 he was appointed to the chair of Anatomy in the Medical School of Maine, Bowdoin College, a position which he held until the death of Prof. William Warren Green, in 1881, when he was transferred from the chair of Anatomy to the chair of Surgery, which he still occupies. He has been surgeon to the Maine General Hospital ever since its doors were opened in 1874. In the early part of his professional life he devoted himself to general practice, but during the last ten years he has confined himself chiefly to surgical work. His operations have covered almost the entire field of operative surgery.

He was the first to use absorbable drainage tubes made of arteries, and made this the subject of his paper at the time he was admitted to membership in the American Surgical Association. Some of the original drainage tubes may be seen in the Army Medical Museum, Washington, D. C. 'I'hese tubes were also presented to the Surgical section of the Tenth International Congress, held in Berlin in 1890.

His contributions to medical literature have been published in the Transactions of the Maine Medical Association; in the Boston Medical and Surgical Journal in the Transactions of the American Medical Association; in the Transactions of the American Surgical Association: in the 'rransactions of the Ninth International Medical Congress, held in Washington, D. C., in 1887; and in the Transactions of the Tenth International Medical Congress, held in Berlin in 1890.

He was married, in March, 1864, to Mary A., daughter of the Rev. P. C. Richmond, of Fryeburg, Me., and has one daughter, Marion Richmond.


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