Thomas M. Markoe, M.D.
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THOMAS MASTERS MARKOE, M.D.
Dr. Thomas M. Markoe of this city died on Monday of this week at his
summer home in East Hampton, L. I., at the ripe old age of eighty-two
Dr. Markoe was born in Philadelphia on Sept. 13, 1819. He was graduated
in arts from Princeton College in 1836 and in medicine from the College
of Physicians and Surgeons, this city, in 1841. For several years in his
early career he was Professor of Anatomy in Castleton Medical College,
Vt. In 1852 he accepted the chair of Pathological Anatomy in the medical
department of the University of the City of New York, which he held
until 1854. In 1860 he was elected adjunct Professor of Surgery in the
Medical Deoartment of Columbia University (College of Physicians and
Surgeons), in iBja he succeeded to the full chair, and in 1879, on its
division, he became Professor of the Principles of Surgery. At the time
of his death he was Emeritus Professor of Surgery in the same
Dr. Markoe served in various capacities
throughout the Civil War. At the outbreak of hostilities he was
appointed by Governor Morgan a member of the special corps of volunteer
surgeons, being stationed at Fortress Monroe. In 1862 he was one of the
Board of Examiners of Contract Physicians and Surgeons, and in 1863 was
Visiting Surgeon to the New York Soldiers' Depot. In 1864 he was ordered
to Fredericksburg, and subsequently to other posts where he had active
service in the field and brigade hospitals.
For nearly sixty years Dr. Markoe was a prominent and commanding figure
in the medical life of this city and at the time of his death was among
the last of a generation of practitioners whose names add luster to the
medical history of New York. He was closely identified with the New York
Hospital for over half a century. He entered there as an interne in
1839, before his graduation in medicine, was appointed curator of the
pathological museum in 1842 and from 1852 to 1892 was in active service
on the attending surgical staff. In 1892 he was retired at his urgent
request, and was made a consulting surgeon. He early won success in
private practice, although his fees for the first year, as he used to
tell his pupils for their encouragement, amounted only to something like
$92. A few years after graduation he became associated with Dr. Edward
Delafield, remaining in partnership with him for sixteen years, and
subsequently formed a partnership with Dr. Francis Delafield. In
addition to his long connection with the New York Hospital, Dr. Markoe
served at various periods as attending surgeon to the Nursery and
Child's Hospital, the Mount Sinai, Bellevue, and Roosevelt Hospitals,
and later as consulting surgeon to the Mount Sinai, Woman's, Roosevelt,
Orthopaedic, St. Mary's, Vassar, and Nursery and Child's Hospitals, and
to the Northern Dispensary. He was also a member of the Academy of
Medicine, the County Medical Society, the Pathological Society, the
Surgical Society, and the Society for the Relief of Widows and Orphans
of Medical Men, and of a number of clubs, and literary, artistic, and
musical associations. He was the author of a very practical work on
diseases of the bones, and of occasional journal articles, but he was
not a prolific writer, devoting himself preferably to didactic and
clinical teaching, in which he had few rivals in his day.
PHYSICIANS AND SURGEONS: of
the New- York Hospital and Bloomingdale Asylum. Consulting Physician.—Thomas
Cock, M. D. Attending Physicians.—Joseph M. Smith, M, D., John H,
Griscom, M. D, Henry D. Bulkley, M. D., Thomas F. Cock, M. D.
Consulting Surgeons.—Valentine Mott, M. D., Alex. H. Stevens, M. D.,
Eich'd K. Hoffman, M. D., Alfred C. Post, M. D. Attending Surgeons.—Gurdon
Buck, M. D., John Watson, M. D. Attending Surgeons.—Thaddeus M.
Halsted, M. D., Thomas M. Markoe, M. D.,
Wm. H. Van Buren,M. D.,Willard Parker, M.D.
From Bellevue Hospital:
Markoe, Thomas Masters,
A. B., Princeton, 1836; M. D.,Coll.
Phys. and Surg., 1841; Prof. Path. Anat., Univ. City N. Y., 1852-54;
Surg., Columb., 1860-71 ; Prin. and Pract. Surg., 1871-79; Prin. Surg.,
1879-88; Emeritus since 1888. Author of "A
Treat, on Diseases of Bones," viii., 416 pp., 8° (Appleton, 1872).
Father of Francis Hartman Markoe (1887).
General Practitioner.—A. B.,
Princeton 1837; M. D., Coll. Phys. and Surg. Surg. to
New York, Bellevue and Roosevelt
Hospitals. Consulting Surg. tu Jews', Strangers, Nursery and Child's,
and to State Woman's Hospital. Vis. Surg. Bellev. '68-'77. Prof. ot
Path, Anat. in Med. Dept. Univ. City of N. Y., 1852-3-4. Prof. Surg. in
Coll. Phys. and Surg. '60-'88 ; Emeritus since. Author of "A Treatise on
Diseases of Bones." Memb. Med. and Surg. Soc.; Soc. for Relief of Wid.
and Orph. of Med. Men ; Patholog. Soc.; Acad. of Med
(The personal edited research
notes of Michael Echols, the source of which may or
may not be completely documented)