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H.C. Yarrow Correspondence 1863-1906
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Biographical Note

Born in Philadelphia, Yarrow completed his medical education at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 1861. He joined the 5th Pennsylvania cavalry as an assistant surgeon during the Civil War. After the war he accompanied Lt. Wheeler's expedition exploring territory west of the 100th meridian. Yarrow became an instructor at the Columbian University's school of medicine and curator of the Department of Reptiles at the United States National Museum in Washington, D.C. In 1879, Henry Yarrow reported to Surgeon John Shaw Billings as an assistant on the Medical Index Catalogue project. He remained at this post nearly ten years, reading proof and preparing manuscript for the monumental catalogue of the Library of the Surgeon General's Office.

He wrote Study of the mortuary customs of the North American Indians (1881).