Dr. Abijah Perkins Cook

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Dr. Abijah Perkins Cook, son of Dr. George Whitfield Cook, MD, was born at Hyde Park, Dutchess Co., New York, 2 December 1808.1,2

A county history summarized his career:
. . . during the early years of his life, entered the Hudson Academy, from which he was graduated with credit. In 1832 he began medical study with his brother, Dr. George W. Cook, in Hudson, and in 1835 was graduated from the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Fairfield, Herkimer county, N. Y.

His practice began in Chatham, Columbia county, N. Y., where he remained four years, removing to Kinderhook in April, 1839. In May, of the following year, he located in Hudson. Here he investigated the merits of homeopathy and finally became a convert to that school of medicine. Previous to this change in his life's work he was honored with the presidency of the Columbia County Medical Society. At a meeting held in Boston in June, 1847, he was elected a member of the American Institute of Homeopathy. In 1865 he was chosen president of the New York State Medical Society, and was elected a permanent member of that body in 1866. At the beginning of the Civil War he was appointed one of the United States pension examining surgeons, and held the position many years. He also filled the office of physician on the board of health in Hudson, and other local positions of honor and responsibility. Dr. Cook achieved a marked degree of success in his profession, and, as a citizen, was respected by the entire community.1,3
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  1. [S981] Moses S. Beach, Rev. William Ely and Geo. B. Vanderpoel (ed.), The Ely Ancestry: Lineage of Richard Ely of Plymouth, England, who came to Boston, Mass., about 1655, & settled at Lyme, Conn, in 1660 (New York: The Calumet Press, 1902), 119, further cited as Beach, Ely, and Vanderpoel, The Ely Ancestry.
  2. [S2000] H. P. Smith, Columbia County at the End of the Century: A Historical Record of Its Formation and Settlement, Its Resources, Its Institutions, Its Industries and Its People (Two vols., Hudson, New York: Record Printing and Publishing, 1900), 2:3:43, further cited as Smith, Columbia County at the End of the Century.
  3. [S2000] Smith, Columbia County at the End of the Century, 2:3:43-44.