My grandfather Warren was a surgeon of the Indian...

My grandfather Warren was a surgeon of the Indian wars of 1800 to 1815, and his father was a surgeon and officer in the Revolution. Two of my father's brothers were surgeons, and several cousins on either side of my family were physicians, while my father was a druggist. My mother and Alexander Campbell, founder of the Christian Church, were brothers' children, my mother being reared and educated in his home at Bethany, Va. Until three years ago I was a member of the Christian church, having joined at the age of twelve. An unbroken line of two hundred and fifty years of teachers and preachers is the record of my mother's family. The foregoing is mentioned for the purpose of showing that I was well-grounded in materia medica and scholastic theology.

When a child I had scarlet fever and dropsy, which left me physically impaired. The best medical attention was sought, and when told that a change of climate would benefit me, my father gave up a profitable business, at Liberty, Mo., and moved to Golden, Col., and afterward to St. Louis,—always in search of health for me. Excessive physical exertion, or the eating of certain foods, would produce convulsions. The disease was considered organic, and in the whole system of materia medica there was no cure. I was most susceptible to climatic conditions, the slightest atmospheric change causing a cold. All this and more is in certain hospital records, and well known to many prominent citizens of Missouri, Denver, Chicago, and Philadelphia.

December 30, 1905
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