Biography of Albert Edward Persons


Persons, Albert Edward, M. D., Buffalo, was born in the town of Gerry, Chautauqua county, N. Y., May 28, 1853. He is descended from English, Scotch and Dutch ancestry, most of whom have been farmers. His early life was spent on his father's farm in Chautauqua county, the only educational advantages being the usual winter term of a country school. By patient industry and rigid economy he was enabled to enter the State Normal School at Fredonia, N. Y., in his eighteenth year, in which he received a classical training four years. In 18i8 he began the study of medicine in the office of Dr. J. W. Robinson, a noted surgeon of Hornellsville, N.Y., and subsequently entered the medical department of the University of New York, from which he was graduated in 1881. During these nine years of preparatory study for his profession the necessary expenses were provided for by teaching country schools, selling subscription books, and by private tutoring. Immediately after graduation Dr. Persons began the practice of his profession at Scio, Allegany county, N. Y., where he followed the busy life of a country doctor for nearly three years. The field being too small to satisfy his ambition, he removed to Buffalo, in November, 1883, where he has since remained. In 1886 he was elected to the faculty of the medical department of Niagara University as its lecturer on hygiene and public health, and was subsequently made professor of materia medica, pharmacology and therapeutics. retaining this position until his resignation in 1893. The following year was spent in post-graduate study among the great hospitals of Europe, four months in London at Brompton Consumption Hospital under Prof. C. Theodore Williams and six months at the Ailgemeine Krankenhaus in Vienna, pursuing special courses in internai medicine. During the past five years Dr. Persons has made a special study of diseases of the throat and lungs, visiting the most noted sanatoriums and health resorts in America and Europe for the purpose of observing the effects of climate in pulmonary tuberculosis, and was called as consultant to Washington by President Harrison to examine Mrs. Harrison during her last and fatal illness. At present he gives special attention to the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the chest and digestive organs. He is a member of the New York State Medical Society, the Medical Association of Central and Western New York, the Buffalo Academy of Medicine, and Hornellsville Academy of Medicine, a consulting physician to the Buffalo Woman's Hospital and to the Sisters of St. Francis Asylum. In 1881 he married Lillian Hartshorn of Friendship, N. Y., and they have two daughters.

Our County and its people
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Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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