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U.S. Army medical officers autobiographical sketch collection 1902-1952
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The Surgeon General of the Army's Office issued Circular Letter no. 20, War Department, on April 15, 1924. It was sent to all current and retired officers of the United States Army Medical Corps and required each of them, upon their retirement from the Army, to submit a brief account of their life history to the Librarian of the Army Medical Library. The sketches are of officers active between 1870-1940. Includes some medical officers from other branches of the military service and public health officers. Since the circular letter did not specify how detailed the accounts should be, sketch contents vary. Some contain extensive autobiographical narratives while others provide the equivalent of a resume. Information predating 1924 is the product of the Library's construction of certain notable medical officers' files and was not submitted by the officers themselves. Each file entry contains rank, birth and/or death dates, and sketch submission date(s).