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STERNBERG, George Miller, surgeon, born in Hartwick seminary, Otsego County, New York, 8 June, 1838. He was graduated at the College of physicians and surgeons, New York, in 1860, and appointed assistant surgeon in the United States army on 28 May, 1861. His first duty was with General George Sykes's command in the Army of the Potomac, and, after four months' hospital duty in Rhode Island, he joined General Nathaniel P. Banks's expedition to New Orleans, and then served in the office of the medical director of the Department of the Gulf until January, 1864. Subsequently he was on hospital duty in Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio, till April, 1866, and since he has been stationed at various government posts, being promoted on 1 December, 1875, surgeon with the rank of major. Dr. Sternberg has recently been on duty in Baltimore, where he has been engaged in experimental researches in bacteriology at Johns Hopkins university as a fellow by courtesy in that institution. In 1879 he was sent to Havana as a member of the yellow-fever commission by the National board of health, and in 1885 he was a dale-gate to the International sanitary conference in Rome, Italy. Dr. Sternberg is an honorary member of the Royal academies of medicine of Rome, Rio Janeiro, and Havana, and a fellow of the Royal microscopical society of London, and, besides membership in other medical and scientific societies at home and abroad, was in 1887 president of the American public health association. The Lomb prize of $500 was awarded to him by the last association in 1885 for his essay on "Disinfectants," and he has invented automatic heat-regulating apparatus. Besides contributions to scientific journals on his specialties, he has published " Photo-Micrographs, and how to make them" (Boston, 1883); "Bacteria" (New York, 1884) ; and "Malaria and Malarial Diseases" (1884).
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