IMPORTANT DAGUERREOTYPES FROM THE STANLEY B. BURNS, MD, COLLECTION
Stanley B. Burns and Elizabeth Burns, Stiffs, Skulls & Skeletons: Medical Photography & Symbolism (Atglen, 2015), back cover
Stanley B. Burns, A Morning's Work: Medical Photographs from The Burns Archive & Collection, 1843-1939 (Santa Fe, 1998), pl. 4
Jacques Gasser and Stanley B. Burns, Photographie et Médecine, 1840-1880 (Lausanne: Institut universitaire d'histoire de la médecine et de la santé publique, 1991), pl. 15
Charles Allen graduated from Middlebury College in Vermont in 1842 and received his medical degree from Castleton Medical College in 1846. Founded in 1818, the Castleton Medical Academy was the first medical college in Vermont and the first private medical school in the United States. It was renamed the Castleton Medical College in 1848, and the school ultimately ceased operation in 1862 during the Civil War. Prior to the War, Allen practiced in both Middlebury and Rutland and he lectured at Middlebury College, Castleton Medical College, and the University of Vermont. In 1855, Allen was appointed professor of chemistry at Castleton Medical College and professor of the practice of medicine in 1860, at which time he also served as President of the Faculty. During the War, Allen held many important appointments including Purveyor of the Department of the South in Hilton Head, South Carolina. Aside from an illustrious career in academia and the military, Allen was well regarded for his treatment of those afflicted by Bright's disease (a historical term for inflammation of the kidney), which included putting patients on a skim milk diet, and for his progressive lectures on civil and military hygiene.
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