THOMAS F. CULLEN was one of the few members of the Camden County Medical
Society who passed an examination before its board of censors, receiving
his license June 18, 1850. He was elected a member of the society in the
following December. He was
the son of Captain Thomas Cullen, of the Philadelphia merchant marine,
and was born in that city September 3, 1822.
He received his scholastic education in Mount Holly, N.J., to
which place his parents had removed.
Cullen studied medicine with Dr. Heber Chase, a surgeon of Philadelphia,
and graduated at the University of Pennsylvania in 1844.
His first field of practice was in Newark, Delaware, but in 1849
he removed to Camden. Here
his great natural abilities and careful training brought him prominently
forward, especially as a surgeon, in which branch of the profession he
became so skilled and successful that for the first time in its history
Camden became independent of its neighbor across the Delaware for the
performance of a capital surgical operation. On June 2, 1853 he founded the
Camden City Medical Society, in company with Dr.
Sylvester Birdsell, Dr. Othaniel Tayor, Dr. Richard M. Cooper, Dr.
Isaac S. Mulford,
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