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This biography is from ANNALS of the Medical Society of the County of Albany, 1806-1851, by Sylvester D. Willard, M. D.

Oliver Lathrop

It is difficult to fix the birth place of Oliver Lathrop, or the exact period of his birth. It was however probably about the year 1767. He was a pupil of the celebrated surgeon, Dr. White of Cherry Valley, and is said to have acquired a skill in surgery honorable to himself, and creditable to his teacher. He was a resident of Watervliet, and officiated at the birth of our excellent associate and friend Dr. Peter Van OLinda, on the 28 December, 1788. Dr. Van OLinda remembers that when he was a boy in 1806 or 1807 he amputated the limb of one of his playfellows and while living in Schoharie he performed the operation for lithotomy, successfully. Subsequently he removed to Albany when he became a member of the Albany County Medical Society, and for several years he was punctual in attendance at its meetings. His office was on Washington Avenue. Dr. Lathrop was subject to melancholy, and often suffered greatly from mental depression. He met an accidental death by drowning, in 1824, when he was about fifty-seven years of age.

He was a partner of Alexander Sheldon, in 1801, and 1802. He was surgeon of the 6th regiment Of cavalry of New York state military forces in 1814.

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