Mettauer, John Peter, of Prince Edward county, Virginia, received a classical education at Hampden Sidney College,
and was graduated from the medical department of the University of Pennsylvania in 1809. He practiced at Prince
Edward Court House, and was an instructor of a group of private students until 1837, when they were organized as
a medical institute, which later became the medical department of Randolph Macon College. He was the first on this
continent to operate for cleft palate, and also first in a number of important major operations.
Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography
By: Lyon Gardiner Tyler, LL. D.
Lewis Historical Publishing Company
New York 1915
Vol. 2 Prominent Persons in Virginia
Vol. 2 Judges of the Supreme Court of Appeals
Vol. 2 United States Senators
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