Matthew D. Mann, M.D., 1845-1921
ONCE more the grim reaper Death has called a distinguished member
of our profession to his reward in the world to come. Matthew D.
Mann, Emeritus Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the University
of Buffalo, died suddenly at his home on March 3rd of heart failure.
He had been about his usual duties in the morning and had felt unusually
well. Dr. Mann had retired from active practice some years ago but
was able to enjoy the medical meetings and the association and activities
of his friends and was busy in the many interests which had occupied
much of his life—philanthropic, civic, and religious.
Dr. Mann was born in Utica in 1845,
was graduated from Yale in 1847 and from the College of Physicians
and Surgeons at Columbia, in 1871. He studied in Europe for two
years, and on his return opened an office in New York, where he
practiced until 1879. He then went to Hartford as a specialist in
diseases of women. He served as a clinical lecturer in New York
from 1880 to 1882.
In the year 1882 he was called to
Buffalo as Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the University
of Buffalo and served as obstetrician and gynecologist in the Buffalo
General Hospital and many of the other hospitals of the city during
his active years of practice. He was President of the American Gynecological
Society in 1894. Among his works as a writer, besides those which
appeared from time to time in medical journals, are his “Manual
of Prescription Writing,” which appeared in 1879, and “The American
Text Book of Gynecology.”
Dr. Mann was always a vigorous, bold
operator with good judgment and resourceful in his methods. Among
his most distinguished patients was President McKinley, who was
shot during the Pan-American Exposition, held in Buffalo in 1901.
Dr. Park, who was the Surgeon-in-Chief of the Exposition, was in
Niagara Falls when the shooting occurred and as the condition of
the President was so alarming, Mr. John G. Milburn, President of
the Pan-American Exposition, sent for Dr. Mann, who in company with
Dr. Mynter, operated upon the martyred President.
Dr. Mann celebrated his fiftieth wedding
anniversary on November 11, 1919. He is mourned by a wife, four
sons and a daughter.