Friday, February 10, 2012

Archives: Law Collection (UPDATED)

Law Case Book
Personal papers
VG 263 Lc 1870
3 volumes, no finding aid, unrestricted.

"Case Book of Assistant Surgeon H.L. Law. U.S. Navy. From Nov. 9th 1870,
to 15th Feby. 1875." Homer Law notes he served on the Congress "having been
attached to her, and on duty, 3 years, 2 mos, 15 days. During this time
I have treated cases of the following named diseases or injuries." and a
list follows. He then reported to the Sabine where he "had a daily
average of patients of much less than one." His case book is broken into
sections: Hygiene and description of the U.S.S. "Congress" (2nd Rate);
General Hygiene, Medical Topography and description of Stations and
places visited (including Key West, Dominica, Haiti, St. Thomas, Havana,
Cuba, Southampton, England, Cherbourg, Nice and Toulon, France, Naples,
Italy, Lisbon, Portugal, Jaffa, Syria); and A few of the cases treated,
since my entry into the Naval Service; with the history, course,
duration and treatment adopted in each case. The case book appears to
have been compiled from pre-existing notes into this notebook. Book was
transferred in early 2011 from NNMC Bethesda with Stitt Library
collection. Spine is broken and binding repaired with tape.

Also includes a volume labeled Medical Department Journal of the U.S.S. Ranger, 1876 – actually Law’s letterpress book containing copies of his correspondence, with an index to correspondents at the beginning. Finally, there is a folder of correspondence on his Naval career from 1880-1907.

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