Sunday, January 16, 2011

Letter of the Day: January 16

Post Hospital
Fort Clark, Texas
January 16, 1885

To the
Surgeon General,
United States Army,
Washington, D.C.


I would respectfully state that there is at the post hospital a specimen of congenital malformation of the head in a Lamb recently brought forth at the post. The lower jaw, mouth, and nasal passages, are apparently wanting in the specimen. The eyes are absent from their normal position, and one situated just at the junction of the head and throat beneath the jaw. There is also an aperture, probably leading into the esophagus and trachea.

Please inform me if this specimen is desired for the Army Med Museum- and if desired, whether it shall be forwarded through the G.M. Dept., or by express.

Very respectfully
Your obedient servant
F.L. Town
Major and Surgeon U.S. Army
Post Surgeon

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