John Staige Davis was a professor
of medicine at the University of Virginia
from 1847 until 1885. Born in Albemarle County, he was the son of John A. G. Davis, a law professor at the university
who was shot and killed by a student there in 1840. The younger Davis practiced
medicine in western Virginia before joining the faculty himself in 1847. Preferring a
practical approach to anatomy instruction, and thwarted by a Virginia law that
prohibited the disint. . .
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