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Cornelius Rea Agnew

Born  1830-08-08
Died  1888

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American surgeon, born August 8, 1830, New York City; died 1888.

Biography of Cornelius Rea Agnew

Cornelius Rea Agnew
Agnew was graduated from Columbia College in 1849. He then studied medicine under John Kearney Rodgers (1793–1851) at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, and received his degree in 1852. For the next years he worked in the New York Hospital, studied in Europe, and was surgeon to the New York eye and ear infirmary.

Agnew was appointed surgeon-general of the state of New York in 1858, and served as a medical director of the New York state volunteer hospital from the outbreak of the civil war. In 1869 he was elected clinical professor of diseases of the eye and ear at the ophthalmic clinic in the College of physicians and surgeons, a clinic he had established the previous year.

We thank Grace E. Jacobs for information submitted.


  • A method of operating for divergent squint.
    Transactions of the American Ophthalmological Society, Rochester, Minnesota, 1865-1872, 1, 3rd Ann. Mtg.: 45-46.

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