Earl Nation: 97; urologist, medical historian

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Dr. Earl Nation, a urologist and medical historian who was also the great-great-nephew of temperance crusader Carry Nation, has died. He was 97.

Nation died Jan. 1 at his home in Sierra Madre after a brief illness, said his son Robert.

Nation was widely known for his research on Sir William Osler, a doctor, scholar and author who wrote extensively about the medical profession before he died in 1919. In 1971, Nation helped found the American Osler Society, which promotes humanism in medicine, and served as president in 1978.

"Earl felt it was important to have a sense of the history of the profession," said Dr. Charles S. Bryan, a longtime friend....

His interest in history found another outlet in his writings on Carry Nation. Her marriage to his great-great-uncle, David Nation, ended in divorce in 1901 after she launched her campaign against alcohol.

"I always use a disclaimer when talking about her," Nation said in 2002 in the Journal of Urology. "None of her genes flow in the veins of my progeny."

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