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This biography is from Landmarks of Albany County, New York, edited by Amasa J. Parker of Albany, N. Y., Syracuse, N. Y.; D. Mason & Co. Publishers, 1897.

Louis E. Blair, M. D.

Dr. Louis E. Blair, son of Nathan and Elizabeth Blair, was born in Lee, Mass., October 9, 1857, and in 1864 moved with the family to Albany, where his parents still reside. Dr. Blair was educated in the public and grammar schools of Albany, and was graduated from the High School in 1875. He entered Dartmouth College in the fall of that year, and pursued a four years' classical course at that famous seat of learning, graduating with the degree of A. B. in the class of '79. He was one of the honormen and commencement speakers of his class. While at Hanover, N. H.. he also began his medical studies under the preceptorship of Prof. C. P. Frost, dean of the Dartmouth Medical College.

Returning to Albany in 1879 he entered the office of Dr. John Swinburne and continued his medical course at the Albany Medical College, receiving his professional degree in 1881. About this time Dr. Swinburne began his famous surgical work at the Swinburne Surgical Hospital and Dispensary and Dr. Blair joined his staff and afterwards became his first assistant. He was associated with Dr. Swinburne for nearly five years. The opportunities for study and practice which the Swinburne Hospital afforded have seldom been equalled, many thousand patients being treated here annually. In 1884 Dr. Blair went to Europe for travel and study and pursued a post-graduate course in the hospitals of Germany and Austria, devoting especial attention to the diseases of the ear, nose and throat. Returning to Albany in 1886, he has since successfully practiced as a specialist in the above diseases. Dr. Blair has already won for himself a splendid reputation, and his consultation practice covers a wide field. He is a frequent contributor to the medical journals, and has written many valuable medical essays. Lippincott's new Encyclopedia of Ear, Nose and Throat refers to his work. His original contributions on the cause and successful treatment of asthma and hay fever attracted marked attention. He is a member of the New York State Medical Society and the Albany County Medical Society.

On the 10th of March, 1886, Dr. Blair was married to Miss Lillie, daughter of Joseph Mann, of Albany. They have one child, Florence E.

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