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SIR WILLIAM FERGUSSON - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 07/24/1854 - HFSID 274523

WILLIAM FERGUSSON The Scottish surgeon sends a report on a post mortem that revealed a "remarkably fine specimen of medullar sarcoma". ALS: "Wm. Fergusson", 2p, 4½x7, front and verso. 16 George Street, 1854 July 24. On embossed stationery to Thomas Layton.

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Condition: lightly creased, slightly soiled, otherwise fine condition
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WILLIAM FERGUSSON
The Scottish surgeon sends a report on a post mortem that revealed a "remarkably fine specimen of medullar sarcoma".
ALS: "Wm. Fergusson", 2p, 4½x7, front and verso. 16 George Street, 1854 July 24. On embossed stationery to Thomas Layton. Begins: "My dear sir". In part: "Poor Mr. Betty is at length dead - a P.M. [post mortem] was made on Friday last and as remarkably fine specimen of medullar sarcoma was presented - this disease had [four lines regarding the disease] - These particulars will be published in one or more of the journals immediately so that students detail them in their communication. Yours very faithfully". Handwritten postscript: "P.S. Will you kindly let Dr. B. Fletcher know". Scottish surgeon William Fergusson (1808-1877) operated on cleft palates and harelips, inventing a forceps that is still in use. He succeeded Robert Liston as Surgeon to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary in 1836 before becoming Professor of Surgery at King's College London in 1840. Fergusson's works include The Progress of Anatomy and Surgery in the Nineteenth Century (1867) and System of Practical Surgery (1842), which was reprinted in several editions. He was created a Baronet in 1866. Lightly creased with folds, not at signature. ¾-inch tear at lower horizontal fold at blank right margin of integral leaf, nicked at upper horizontal fold of that leaf. Slightly soiled. Minor show through of ink. Tape remnant at upper blank margin of verso of integral leaf (minor show through). Overall, fine condition.

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