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McCAW, James Brown, surgeon, born in Virginia in 1772; died in Richmond, Virginia, in 1846. He was graduated in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1792, and engaged in medical practice with his uncle, Dr. McClurg, taking rank as the leading surgeon of eastern Virginia for over thirty years. He was one of the first to tie the external carotid artery, an operation he performed in 1807. He was possessed of great physical strength, and at the burning of the Richmond theatre in 1811 he saved the lives of twenty-one women.
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