Austin Flint I

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For his son, also an American physician, see Austin Flint II.
Austin Flint I
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Austin Flint I
Born 20 October 1812
Petersham, Massachusetts
Died 13 March 1886 (1886-03-14) (aged 73)
Manhattan, New York City
Nationality American
Education Harvard University
Occupation Physician
Known for Heart disease
Children Austin Flint II
Parent(s) Joseph Henshaw Flint (1786-1846)
Hannah Willard Reed (1787-1821)

Austin Flint I (October 20, 1812 – March 13, 1886) was an American physician. He was a founder of Buffalo Medical College, precursor to The State University of New York at Buffalo. He served as president of the American Medical Association.


Flint was born at Petersham, Massachusetts on October 20, 1812 to Joseph Henshaw Flint (1786-1846) and Hannah Willard Reed. He was educated at Amherst and Harvard and graduated at the latter in 1833.

After practicing at Boston, Massachusetts and Northampton, Massachusetts, he moved to Buffalo, New York, in 1836. He was appointed professor of the institutes and practices of medicine in Rush Medical College in Chicago, Illinois; resigned after one year, in 1846, and established the Buffalo Medical Journal. With Doctors White and Frank Hastings Hamilton he founded the Buffalo Medical College in 1847, where he was professor of the principles and practice of medicine for six years. He was afterward professor of the theory and practice of medicine in the University of Louisville, Ky., from 1852 to 1856. He was then called to the chair of pathology and clinical medicine at Buffalo. From 1858 to 1861 he was professor of clinical medicine in the School of Medicine at New Orleans. In 1859 he removed to New York and in 1861 was appointed visiting physician to Bellevue Hospital; from 1861 to his death, in 1886, he was professor of the principles and practice of medicine in Bellevue Hospital Medical College (consolidated with the medical department of New York University in 1898), and from 1861 to 1868 he was professor of pathology and practical medicine in Long Island College Hospital.

He was president of the New York Academy of Medicine from 1872 to 1885 and president of the American Medical Association in 1884.

He died on March 13, 1886 in Manhattan, New York City. His funeral was held at Christ Church United Methodist at the corner of Fifth-avenue and Thirty-fifth-street in Manhattan. His body was on display at his home 418 Fifth-avenue.[1]


His published works include:

See also[edit]


  • Carpenter, Life of Austin Flint (New York, 1886)


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