Horace C. Green, MD, was born 24 December 1802 in Chittenden, Rutland, Vermont. He was the son of Zeeb Green and Sarah Cowee. He married 1) Mary Sigourney Butler on 20 October 1829 in Rutland, Rutland, Vermont with whom he had one daughter, Mary Sophia (Green) Loveland (1832-1912). He married 2) Harriet Sheldon Douglas daughter of Jonathan Hancock Douglas and Harriet Ann Sheldon on 27 October 1841 in New York City with whom he had 10 children: 1) Sarah Douglas (Green) Lawton (1842-1886); 2) Harriet Sheldon (Green) Grannis (1844-1895); 3) Catharine Douglas Green (1846-1847); 4) Horace Douglas Green (1848-1894); 5) Henry Loomis Green (1849-); 6) Mary Walton Green (1850-1854); 7) John Douglas Green (1852-1853); 8) George Walton Green (1854-1903); 9) Edmund Green (1856-1856); and 10) Lucia Butler Green (1857-1873). Horace Green died on 29 November 1866 in New York City and is buried in Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings, New York, USA.
Dr. Horace Green studied medicine in Rutland, Vermont and began his practice there in 1824. After practicing 5 years in Vermont, he moved to Pennsylvania where he took course lectures and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. He returned to Rutland, Vermont and practiced medicine for 5 years and, in 1834, received his MD from Middlebury College. After moving to New York and practicing general medicine for 2 years, Dr. Green traveled to Paris for lecture and hospital tending opportunities. When he returned to the United States, he was the first to present a paper to the New York Surgical Society on the method and value of topical medication for airway passages, a practice for which he is believed to be the originator. He developed a notable reputation as physician and medical writer. He was also engaged as a lecturer for many years. From 1840 - 1843, Dr. Green held a Professor's Chair in the Castleton, Vermont Medical College. In 1846, he published a paper on his favorite topic, "Topical Medication of Diseases of the Air Passages." In 1849, he published a volume on "Treatment of Croup by Topical Application" and, in 1852, "On the Polypi of the Larynx and Edema of the Glottis." In 1850, along with distinguished medical colleagues, Dr. Green founded the Medical College of New York in which he was Chair of Theory and Practice. He was also elected president of Faculty and Trustees. In 1854, along with colleagues, he started the American Medical Monthly and served as its first editor.
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