Among the distinguished physicians of Buchanan county, Dr. Bishop stands prominent. He has been engaged in the active pursuit of his profession for nineteen years in Platte county, and for fifteen years in St. Joseph. His birth occurred in Somerset, Pulaski county, Kentucky. His ancestors were of English descent, and, in colonial times, were residents of New Hampshire. Members of the Bishop family fought in the Revolutionary War, and in 1783 settled in Virginia. Galen's father, who was born in Virginia, removed from Kentucky to Missouri in 1843, settling in Platte county, where he died in 1851. While compartively young, Dr. Bishop had resolved on medicine as his profession. As soon as an opportunity offered, he began his medical studies, pursued them with dilligence and first established himself in practice at New Market, Platte county, Missouri, in the spring of 1846. He followed his chosen calling in that county for nineteen years, when on account of threatened lung disease, induced by exposure incident to a rough country practice, and also with a view of securing a more central location, he determined to move to St. Joseph. Accordingly, he located in this city in the spring of 1865, and established himself in an office and general practice, making his specialties surgey and chronic diseases. To accommodate his increasing practice, he built his infirmary on Third Street, which is beautiful in architectural design. He has one of the finest libraries in the western country, and on his long rows of shelving, ancient and modern authors stand side by side, and there can be found the best works of the leading writers of all schools. Dr. Bishop was originally an allopathic physician, but has thoroughly acquainted himself with the principles of the different leading schools and systems. Naturally liberal in his tendencies, his practice is not hampered by the restrictive dogmas of any practicular system. But he believes that some good and some foundation of truth exists in all systems, of which every physician should avail himself in his practice.
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