Biography of Albert M. Phelps
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Albert M. Phelps, born at Alburgh, Vt., in 1851, located in Burke in 1873 for the practice of medicine, removed to Chateaugay in 1876, and established himself in New York city in 1887. Dr. Phelps had an interesting personality, engaging and animated in conversation, overflowing with energy and buoyancy of spirit, and delighting in association with his friends. His animadversions upon medicine as a sciende were sweeping and extreme. He professed a contempt for it, and insisted that practice under it was practically altogether guesswork, guessing, first, what might be the ailment of a patient, and, next, guessing what and how much of a drug should be given for its relief. But for surgery he had a great respect and love, and became one of the world's most brilliant and skillful operators. For a time the older practitioners in. the county distrusted his counsels, questioned if there could be safety in the then almost or quite untried operations which he proposed, and even wondered if his delight in using the knife did not at times affect his judgment as to the necessity or advisability of applying it. But the exceptional skill which he developed, his sureness in finding and following the right course, and the marvelous cures that he wrought in cases of deformity won for him within a few years a standing in the profession which was outranked by but few in the world. The man who, hardly more than a bay, had been doubted by his elders became a lecturer in the medical department of the University of Vermont, was consulted and employed by the most eminent practitioners in the metropolis, stood among the foremost in the faculties of great institutions, and was even called by universities in Germany to lecture and, demonstrate before their professors and students. He died October 10, 1902.

From:
Historical Sketches of Franklin County
and its several towns.
By: Frederick J. Seaver Malone, New York.
J. B. Lyon Company, Printers Albany, NY 1918.


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