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The Hudson Brothers

Albany Medical College has had many relatives attending and obtaining medical degrees. Early on in its existence, the College graduated a set of twin brothers, Abisha and Abijah Hudson. The Hudson brothers were born on May 1, 1819 in Oxford, Massachusetts. They both received a public-school education and went on to study medicine.

Abisha, Class of 1846, moved to Sterling, Illinois following the receipt of his medical degree where he practiced medicine for twenty years. He became a well-known physician in Sterling and was an organizer of the Keokuk Medical College in Keokuk, Iowa (1890-1908). He was also a well known and respected faculty member of the Rush Medical College of Chicago.

Abijah, Class of 1847, first attended lectures at Geneva Medical College, Geneva, NY before attending Albany Medical College. He paid for these lectures by engraving the plate for printing the medical college's diplomas. After attending lectures at Geneva he practiced medicine for a time in Albany, Illinois, then followed his brother to Albany, New York to attend Albany Medical College. Following the receipt of his medical degree from Albany Medical College he returned to Illinois and opened his own medical practice.

Both brothers served in the Civil War, Abisha served as surgeon of the 34th Illinois infantry and Abijah as a surgeon of the 26th Iowa Volunteer Infanty. Abijah served with his regiment in multiple skirmishes and battles including the attack on Haines' Bluff near Vicksburg in 1862, the battles of Resaca, Dallas, Atlanta, and was with General Sherman on his "march to the sea," following the battle and capture of Atlanta. After the war the brothers went into practice together in Stockton, CA and Abijah entered politics serving 4 years in the State Senate. A year before Abijah's death in 1902, the San Joaquin Medical Society, of which he was a member, honored Dr. Abijah Hudson for his 82nd birthday with a banquet.

Eventually, Abisha retired from active medical practice due to failing health and in 1899 he and his wife, Rose Elliot Hudson moved to Mount Vernon, Ohio where he lived the rest of his days until his death in 1905.


 

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Albany Medical College Medical Fraternities

In 1911, Albany Medical College students had many choices in which to spend their leisure time. One major activity available to them was medical fraternities. Fraternities were active at AMC with four Fraternities to choose from. They were: Phi Sigma Kappa; Beta Chapter, Nu Sigma Nu; Omicron Chapter, Omega Upsilon Phi; Gamma Chapter, and Phi Delta; Alpha Gamma Chapter. The fraternities were very popular and boasted many members, as well as each having their own fraternity house. Participation in the fraternities at AMC started to decline during WWI and WWII and by 1947 only one fraternity remained – Nu Sigma Nu. By 1963, the fraternity system was no longer associated with Albany Medical College. It is unclear why the reason for the demise of the fraternity system at AMC.  A possible contributing factor, besides the impact of the two world wars, may have been a lack of funding.

(Photo: Nu Sigma Nu, 1911)

 

 

Dorothy B. Chamberlin, M.D.

A 1940 graduate of Albany Medical College, Dorothy B. Chamberlin was born in 1915 in Great Barrington, MA. Following the receipt of her medical degree, a job opportunity took her to Illinois where she took a position as instructor in Physiology and Health Education at Southern Illinois Normal University in Carbondale. During WWII she served as a Lieutenant in the medical corps of the U.S. Naval Reserve also known as WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service). She trained at the U.S. Naval Medical School in Bethesda, MD before being stationed at Camp LeJeune, NC as a dispensary medical officer. Service in the WAVES as a medical officer took her to the U.S. Navy Personnel Separation Center in NYC and the U.S. Naval Hospital in Brooklyn. Following her discharge in 1946 she completed a residency in internal medicine at New York Infirmary in NYC followed by a position as Associate Physician at the Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island.  Further educational and career opportunities included attending the School of Public Health at Harvard University and being appointed Assistant District Health Officer in Middletown, NY.

 

 

 

Li Sribyatta, M.D.

One of the first Asian graduates of Albany Medical College, Dr. Li Sribyatta returned to his home country of Thailand shortly after graduating in 1923. Like many Albany Medical College graduates, Dr. Sribyatta excelled in his career. In Thailand, Dr. Sribyatta became the Director General of the Department of Medical Sciences in the Ministry of Public Health, which had oversight into the preparation and testing of the many different drugs and vaccines used in Thailand. Additionally, he also taught physiology and served as the head of the department of physiology, biochemistry and pharmacology at Chulalokorn University inThailand. While practicing medicine in Thailand, Dr. Sribyatta was given a title of honor and was known as Dr. Luang Lipidharm Sribyatta in Thailand. The title of “Luang” was given by the King of Thailand and can be compared to the title of “Lord” in Great Britain.

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