John H. Brinton
|John H. Brinton|
Portrait of Dr. John H. Brinton by Thomas Eakins
May 21, 1832|
|Died||March 18, 1907
John Hill Brinton (May 21, 1832 – March 18, 1907) was an American surgeon and friend of painter Thomas Eakins.
Brinton was the first child of George and Mary Margaret (Smith) Brinton of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1850, and from the Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University in 1852. He commenced a general practice in Philadelphia in 1853.
After the war, he returned to Philadelphia and resumed practice as a surgeon. In 1866, he married Sarah Ward (who also posed for Eakins), with whom he would father six children.
Brinton succeeded Dr. Samuel D. Gross (who was featured in Thomas Eakins' The Gross Clinic), in the chair of surgery at Jefferson College, and also served as the chairman of the Mütter Museum Committee of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. He also founded the Philadelphia Pathological Society, and served as the first curator of the National Museum of Health and Medicine in Washington, D.C..
Brinton died in 1907, and is buried in the cemetery at The Woodlands (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania).
- John Hill Brinton. Personal Memoirs of John H. Brinton: Civil War Surgeon, 1861-1865 at Google Books. Shawnee Classics reprint. SIU Press, 1996, 361 p. ISBN 9780809320448
- Schoonover, Jametta Wright, ed. The Brinton Genealogy: A History of William Brinton who came from England to Chester County, Pennsylvania in 1684 and of his descendants. Trenton, New Jersey: MacCrellish & Quigley Company, 1925, 362-364.