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Percy Moreau Ashburn Papers 1913-1947
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Biography

Biographical Note

Percy M. Ashburn was head of the Army Medical Library from 1927-1932. Born in Batavia, Ohio, on July 28, 1872, graduated from Jefferson Medical College (M.D., 1893) and joined the Army in 1898. He was stationed for a long time in the Philippines, where he was a member of the Army Board for the study of tropical diseases. While there he wrote Elements of MilitaryHygiene (1909, 1915). He seved in Panama from 1914 to 1917, was in the A.E.F. from 1918 to 1919 and in the Surgeon General's office from 1919 to1920. He established the Medical Field Service School at Carlisle in 1920 and directed it until 1923. From 1923 to 1927 he taught military hygiene at West Point and in 1927 was appointed Librarian.

Inspired by what he learned as AML Librarian, Moreau's interest in history was awakened. After researching for 4 years he wrote a "Medical History of the Conquest of America in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries" but could not find a publisher who thought the story would sell. Several years after his death his son Frank found a firm willing to accept it, and it was published. [Miles, Wyndham. A History of the National Library of Medicine.]