I have been called upon to give testimony in a criminal case - in which there is a bullet wound of the head with extensive fracture of the skull – and no external marks of violence.
Would I be asking or troubling you too much in requesting you to send me such photographs as will have a bearing upon the case, such as will illustrate the average amount of fracture of the skull from bullets, + especially pistol shots.
Also such as will illustrate well authenticated cases of fracture from “Contre Coup.”
With great respect
I have the honor to be-
Your Obdt Servant
A. Van Deveer
Respectfully submitted to the Surgeon General, U.S.A. for instructions. A certain number of the illustrations contained in the Army Medical Museum on the subjects referred to have been photographed and prints have been furnished to two medical men of Albany, engaged in a medico-legal inquiry – possibly the same to which Dr. Van Derveer refers.
George A. Otis
Ass’t Surg. USA
Sept. 13. 69.
Let him have them if in hand --