James Lawrence Cabell

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James Lawrence Cabell
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Born (1813-08-26)August 26, 1813
Nelson County, Virginia
Died August 13, 1889(1889-08-13) (aged 75)
Occupation Doctor,

Dr. James Lawrence Cabell (August 26, 1813 – August 13, 1889 ) was an American sanitarian and author.


He was born in Nelson County, Virginia, the son of Dr. George Cabell, Jr., and graduated from the University of Virginia in 1833. He then studied medicine in Baltimore, Philadelphia and Paris, and became Professor of Anatomy and Surgery at the University of Virginia, where he was chairman of the faculty in 1846 and 1847.

He was in charge of the Confederate military hospitals during the Civil War. When yellow fever broke out in Memphis, Tennessee he was appointed chairman of the National Sanitary Conference and devised a plan that checked the spread of the epidemic.

From 1879 until his death in Overton, Virginia, he was president of the National Board of Health.


He wrote The Testimony of Modern Science to the Unity of Mankind (New York, 1858).


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