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“G” is for Geddings, Eli (ca. 1799-1878)

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“G” is for Geddings, Eli (ca. 1799-1878). Physician. A native of Newberry District, in 1825 Geddings was the first graduate of the Medical College of South Carolina. He completed his education at hospitals in London and Paris and returned to Charleston in 1827 to embark on a long and distinguished medical career. From 1831-1836 he was on the faculty of the University of Maryland. Returning to South Carolina, he became Professor of Pathological Anatomy and Medical Jurisprudence at the Medical College. He also twice held the Chairs of Medicine and Surgery simultaneously. Geddings was also an active participant in the intellectual life of antebellum Charleston. He made several important contributions to medical literature. Eli Geddings had a national reputation and in the 1870s was involved with the educational concerns of the American Medical Association.

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Dr. Walter Edgar has two programs on South Carolina Public Radio: Walter Edgar's Journal, and South Carolina from A to Z. Dr. Edgar received his B.A. degree from Davidson College in 1965 and his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in 1969. After two years in the army (including a tour of duty in Vietnam), he returned to USC as a post-doctoral fellow of the National Archives, assigned to the Papers of Henry Laurens.