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Specialization is becoming very frequent in professional life. Gaining thorough knowledge of the fundamental principles of science, a man often devotes his efforts thereafter to attaining perfection along a certain line, and thus gains remarkable power in that department of the profession to which he gives his energies. Such has been the case with Dr. Allaman, who is president of the Dr. Allaman Hospital Company in Atchison, Kansas. He has few peers in the treatment of cancerous diseases in the entire country and his well earned fame has spread abroad throughout many sections of the Union, so that his patients come from far and near to benefit by his superior knowledge along this line.

The Doctor is a native of Iowa, his birth having occurred in the city of Cedar Rapids on the 21st of December, 1862, his parents being Rev. J. T. and A. B. (Bedell) Allaman. He spent his youth in Iowa, Minnesota and Missouri, pursuing his literary education in the schools of Toledo, Iowa, and Avalon, Missouri. Determined to make the practice of medicine his life work, he entered upon a course of study under the direction of Dr. Giger, of St. Joseph, Missouri, and subsequently entered Ensworth Medical College, of St. Joseph, Missouri, in which institution he was graduated in 1892. In order to further perfect himself in his chosen calling he took a post-graduate course in the New York Medical College, where he was graduated in 1892. He entered upon the practice of medicine in Carroll county, Missouri, and in 1895 came to Atchison, where he has since engaged in practice, making a specialty of the treatment of cancers. His patronage is very extensive, many of his patients coming from long distances to secure the benefit of his skill. He established the Dr. Allaman Hospital Company, of which he is now president, and has made the institution one of the leading enterprises of the kind in this section of the country. The Doctor has performed some very wonderful cures, and his remarkable skill has gained not only the gratitude of his patients, but the high commendation of his professional brethren.

In 1884 was celebrated the marriage of Dr. Allaman and Miss Ida McGill, a native of Missouri, and they have many warm friends in the community where they reside and enjoy the hospitality of the best homes in Atchison. The Doctor is a member of the State Medical Society of Missouri and also of the Grand River Medical Society. His knowledge of the science of medicine is very comprehensive and thorough, and he keeps abreast of the discoveries and theories which indicate the marked progress that is being made by the profession. A man of broad human sympathy, his genial manner and kindly disposition form an important element in his success when added to his thorough understanding of the department of medical practice which he makes his specialty.

Dr. Allaman is past deputy grand master of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and holds membership in Friendship Lodge, No. 5, of Atchison, and is a member of the grand lodge of the state of Kansas. He is also an active member of Golden Cross, No. 7, Knights of Pythias, and of several other fraternal societies. In politics the Doctor is an active worker in the Democratic party and has borne prominent parts in county, district and state conventions and campaigns.