Dr. William C. Bailey Hired at TMC in 1891

Koch’s Lymph, Dr. Bailey of New York Explains Method to Members of the Knox County Medical Society.  The Doctor May Decide To Locate in Knoxville

Dr. William Curtis Bailey, of the Post Graduate school of medicine, New York appeared before the county medical society last night and delivered an elaborate address in explanation of Koch’s lymph.  Dr. Bailey’s address was listened to with marked interest by the members of the society and a large number of invited physicians and medical students.  The speaker, who was a pupil of the now renowned Prof. Koch at the time of the first promulgation of the wonderful discovery, stated that Koch had not claimed for the lymph all that many enthusiastic physicians throughout the world, had made for it.  The whole discovery, said Dr. Bailey, was forced from the illustrious investigator by German authorities and considered by him premature, for at that time, and even now, Koch had not completed the investigation.

The speaker illustrated the proper means of inoculation and showed those present, the lymph and instruments for its introduction into the system.  The discoverer does not claim that tubuculosus [sic] of the lungs is not always cured but it has been found that in lupus, a form of tubucular [sic] disease, a cure has always resulted from its judicious administration.  Dr. Bailey’s remarks were extremely interesting and his explanations were concise and to the point.  The Doctor came south in answer to many requests from Southern medical men, who have requested that a man fully conversant with Koch’s method be sent out by the Post Graduate Medical School and the authorities of that institution sent Dr. Bailey in response to the many requests.

After Dr. Bailey’s remarks, Dr. Drake, in a neat speech, moved that the thanks of the Knox County Medical society be extended to Dr. Bailey for his admirable address, and this was unanimously carried.  A few questions were then asked by different members of the society, to which Dr. Bailey replied in a very clear and concise manner.  After this the society adjourned.

Dr. Bailey will leave to-morrow night for New York.  He last night presented Dr. Drake with a vial of the Koch lymph, and will use it at the Tennessee Medical college on Saturday afternoon at one o’clock.  Any one wishing the treatment may present themselves at the above time and place.

Dr. Bailey was so much pleased with Knoxville that he may accept a call to the Tennessee Medical college to fill the vacant chair of practice of medicine.  He would be a great acquisition to the college and the profession at large as well as to Knoxville, for he is a man of great ability and has had unusual opportunies [sic] for acquiring knowledge and experience.  He is a clear and concise talker, and must make an excellent teacher.  We hope Dr. Bailey will conclude to come to Knoxville and locate.

Source:  Knoxville Daily Journal and Tribune, April 8, 1891, page 8


Prof. W. C. Bailey Secured.  He Will Occupy a Chair at the Tennessee Medical College

A telegram was received yesterday by Dr. C. E. Ristine, registrar of Tennessee Medical college, from Prof. W. C. Bailey of the New York Post Graduate school of medicine, accepting the chair of the theory and practice of medicine and cenical [sic] medicine in the Tennessee Medical college, made vacant by the death of the late Prof. Lancaster.

Dr. Bailey, it will be remembered, visited Knoxville in the early part of last spring and delivered an address before the members of Knox county medical society on Koch’s Lymph and methods of treatment for tuberculosis.

Dr. Baily [sic] at present occupies a chair in the Post Graduate School of Medicine of New York being professor of diseases of the chest in that well know school for graduates in medicine.  He brings reputation and eminent experience and ability as a teacher to the chair in the Tennessee Medical college, and both the school and the coming classes that will listen to this well tried instructor are to be heartily congratulated.

Source:  Knoxville Daily Journal and Tribune, June 2, 1891, page 3


In Society

Prof. W. C. Bailey, of the New York Post-Graduate School of Medicine, has signified his acceptance of the proffered chair of the theory and practice of medicine in the Tennessee Medical College made vacant by the sad death of the much esteemed professor, the late Dr. Lancaster.  Dr. Bailey will be remembered by our people as having visited Knoxville recently, the guest of Dr. Charles E. Ristine, and delivered a lecture on Koch’s lymph before the members of the Knox County Medical Society.  At present Dr. Bailey occupies a chair in the Post-Graduate College as professor of diseases of the chest and in securing him the Tennessee Medical College has been most fortunate indeed.

Source:  Knoxville Daily Journal and Tribune, June 7, 1891, page 4



In October, 1891, Professor Bailey was lauded when TMC announced his temporary assumption of the chair of materia medica and therapeutics.  Click here to view the article.




Dr. W. C. Bailey lectured yesterday afternoon on microscopy before the students of the medical college.

Source:  Knoxville Daily Journal and Tribune, November 8, 1891, page 2


Transcriber’s Notes:

There is confusing information about the identity of Dr. Bailey in on-line sources.  Several New York medical journals identify him as a resident of Albion, NY.  A passport was issued to William C. Bailey of Albion, NY, in July, 1890.  That man was born 2 February 1852 in Schenectady, NY.  Dr. Bailey of Albion is identified as the first American to witness the Koch method (click here). The American Medical Association’s Directory of Deceased American Physicians lists a William Curtis Bailey, born in 1852, who died in 1929.  It appears he was living in New Mexico in 1910 and managing a sanitarium.  This Dr. Bailey’s record with the AMA does not mention the New York school named in the articles above, nor does it mention Tennessee Medical College.  Dr. William M. C. Bailey is listed in Knoxville City Directories through 1895.

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