Albert E. Phelan, M. D., one of the leading physicians of San Bernardino County, and a representative of the progressive school of medicine, was born in Montreal thirty-two years ago; he was graduated at the University of Bishop’s College in that city in 1886, and the following year was graduated at the College of Physicians and Surgeons in Quebec, having had charge during the years 1886-’87 of the Western Hospital as house surgeon.
He came to San Bernardino in September 1887, and immediately settled in practice, forming a partnership with Dr. C. G. Campbell, a prominent old physician of the city, which continued until Dr. Campbell retired from practice, when Dr. Phelan succeeded to the large professional business of the firm. In January 1887, Dr. G. B. Rowell came on from Montreal, at Dr. Phelan’s solicitation, and upon his arrival the present partnership of Phelan & Rowell was formed. This enterprising firm enjoys an extensive and lucrative private practice among the best families of the city and vicinity. The major portion of the surgical work of the county is done by this firm.
They are examining surgeons for the following life insurance companies: the New York Life, the Union Central of Cincinnati, the Bankers’ Alliance of Los Angeles, the Bankers’ and Merchants’ of San Francisco, the Mutual Reserve Fund of New York, and the Pacific Mutual of San Francisco. They are also examining surgeons for the societies: Ancient Order of United Workmen, Knights of Pythias, Independent Order of Foresters, Royal Arcanum, and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers. Dr. Rowell is the local surgeon for the Santa Fe Railroad Company. They are both members of the San Bernardino County Medical Society, and of the Southern California Medical Society. Dr. Rowell was graduated at McGill University, Montreal, in 1884; the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Quebec, in 1885; and at the Royal College of Surgeons, London, England. in 1886. He practiced in Montreal until starting for California. Besides his general practice he devotes special attention to the treatment of the eye and ear.
Both in the full vigor of manhood and educationally equipped for their chosen profession, they have a future of great promise before them.