Alfred Charles Post

Alfred Charles Post (January 13, 1806 – February 7, 1886) was an American surgeon.[1]

Early life

Post was born in New York City on January 13, 1806.[2] He graduated from Columbia College in 1822 and from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1827, studied in Paris, Vienna, Berlin, and London (1827–29).


Post was professor in the Castleton Medical College, Vermont (of ophthalmic surgery, 1842–44, and of surgery, 1844-51), professor of surgery in New York University (1851–75), emeritus professor (1875–86), and president of the medical faculty (1873–86). He was a fellow of the Academy of Medicine, of which he was president in 1867-68. Post wrote Observations on the Cure of Stammering[3] (1841). He was an inventor of several surgical instruments and appliances.[4]

Personal life

In 1831, he married Harriet Beers (1809–1877), daughter of Cyrenius Beers, and had eleven children, one of whom was George Edward Post (1838–1909).[1]

Post died on February 7, 1886.[1]


  1.  Kelly, Howard A.; Burrage, Walter L., eds. (1920). "Post, Alfred Charles" . American Medical Biographies. Baltimore: The Norman, Remington Company.
  2. Hafner, Arthur Wayne, ed. (1993). Directory of Deceased American Physicians, 1804-1929: a genealogical guide to over 149,000 medical practitioners providing brief biographical sketches drawn from the American Medical Association's Deceased Physician Masterfile. Chicago: American Medical Association.
  3. "Observations on the cure of strabismus: with engravings".
  4. This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Gilman, D. C.; Peck, H. T.; Colby, F. M., eds. (1905). New International Encyclopedia (1st ed.). New York: Dodd, Mead. Missing or empty |title= (help)
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