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John Punton

John Punton was born in London, England, July 12, 1855.  He came to this country in 1872, and received his early education in the schools of Jacksonville, Ill.  His first employment was in the druggist's department in the asylum there, in which place he remained for ten years.  He studied medicine every spare moment, and saved enough to take a year's course in the University of Michigan and also a course in the Miami Medical College in Cincinnati.  Returning to Jacksonville, he only remained for a short time, and then moved to Lawrence, Kas., where he was soon appointed City Physician.  During the second year his ability recommended him to the president of the State Board of Charities, and he was appointed Assistant Superintendent of the Kansas State Insane Asylum at Topeka, where he remained for three years.  Resigning in 1887, he took a course in neurology at the Northwestern Medical College, and in 1888 came to Kansas City.

     Dr. Punton has served as president of the Academy of Medicine, and as vice-president of the State Association, and is a member of the American Neurological Association.  He has also been a member of the board of trustees and secretary of the University Medical College, and occupies the chair of nervous and mental diseases.

     Dr. Punton is a member of the Commercial Club, is a thirty-second degree Mason, a Shriner, and is editor of the Index-Lancet.
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