Thursday, March 11, 2010

Letter of the Day: March 11

Some now-amusing counterpoints in a donation. The bold notes indicate the disposition of the specimen – Dr. W is presumably Dr. Woodward, who was in charge of the medical (ie disease) section.


Post Hospital

Fort Duncan, Texas

March 11th, 1875


To the

Surgeon General, U.S. Army

Washington D.C.




I have the honor to inform you that I have this day turned over for transportation to the A.A.Q.M. of this Post the following specimens.


6534 Surg Sec. The hand and wrist joint of Clayton Mathews. Amputation previously reported.


Dr. W. The heart of ______ Trenchard, citizen, who died under my observation of double pneumonia.


Dr. W. A kidney from bullock (furnished for beef,) with kidney concretions.


I am Sir

Very Respectfully

Your Obdt Servant

C.C. Gray

Surgeon U.S. Army

Post Surgeon


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