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Report on Trip to Paris and London as a Civilian Consultant for the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (September 14 to 29, 1955), 1955 (approximate): Finding Aid

Published in August 2019

Summary Information

  • Publisher: United States Naval Academy. Special Collections & Archives.
  • Publisher Address:
    589 McNair Road
    Annapolis, Maryland 21402-5029, USA
    Phone: 410-293-6917
    https://www.usna.edu/Library/sca/index.php
  • Call number: MS 518
  • Location: Special Collections & Archives Department - Manuscripts
  • Title: Report on Trip to Paris and London as a Civilian Consultant for the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (September 14 to 29, 1955)
  • Dates: 1955 (approximate)
  • Size: 0.04 linear feet (1 volume)
  • Creator: Feldman, William Hugh, 1892-
  • Language(s) of material: English
  • Abstract: William Hugh Feldman was a noted veterinary pathologist and one time President of the International Academy of Pathology. William Hugh Feldman's Report on Trip to Paris and London as a Civilian Consultant for the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (September 14 to 29, 1955) was presumably written in 1955. The report details Feldman's trip to Paris and London in search of the tissue samples taken by Dr. Victor Cornil during the autopsy of John Paul Jones, as well as other topics in the field of pathology.

Biography of William Hugh Feldman

William Hugh Feldman, born November 30, 1892 in Glasgow, Scotland, was a noted authority in veterinary pathology and the chemotherapy of experimental tuberculosis.

Feldman received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado Agricultural College in 1917 and a Master of Science from Colorado Agricultural College (now Colorado State University) in 1926. From 1917 until 1927 he served as an instructor in bacteriology and pathology at Colorado State University. In 1927, he moved to Rochester, Minnesota where he served as an instructor of comparative pathology at the May Foundation's Institute of Experimental Medicine from 1927 to 1944 and as Professor of Pathology at the University of Minnesota's Mayo Foundation Graduate School from 1944 until 1957. Feldman also served as President of the International Academy of Pathology from 1941 to 1942.

William H. Feldman died January 15, 1974 in Rochester, Minnesota.

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Description of Contents

William Hugh Feldman's Report on Trip to Paris and London as a Civilian Consultant for the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (September 14 to 29, 1955), comprising 0.04 linear feet of documentation in a single volume, was presumably written in 1955. The report details Feldman's trip to Paris and London in search of the tissue samples taken by Dr. Victor Cornil during the autopsy of John Paul Jones, as well as other topics in the field of pathology.

The introduction of the report recounts the circumstances of the death and burial of John Paul Jones; the search for and recovery of his body by General Horace Porter; the autopsy and analysis of Jones' remains performed by the anthropologists Dr. J. Capitan and G. Papillault; and the results of microscopic analysis by Dr. Victor Cornil. The remainder of the report chronicles Feldman's research trip to Paris in search of tissue samples taken from the body of John Paul Jones at the time of his autopsy, and to London to visit several medical museums. The Paris section of the report is subdivided into sections on meetings with Professor Jacques Delarue at the University of Paris; a visit to Hospital Boucicaut; attempts to meet with Dr. Letulle's technician M. Normand; a visit to the Church of the Holy Trinity; interviews with Madame Roussy and Dr. Robert Messimy; and visits to the sites of John Paul Jones' death and burial. The remainder of the Paris section of the report pertains to research into the control of tuberculosis. The London section of the report pertains chiefly to visits to medical museums at the Royal College of Surgeons, Guy's Hospital, and St. Bartholomew's Hospital to view various historical medical exhibits.

Following the report's text is a section of photographs. Included are photographs of Professor Jacques Delarue, M. Normand, No. 19 Rue de Tournon (John Paul Jones' place of death), buildings on the site of St. Louis Cemetery, Dr. Victor Cornil's autopsy set, the Victor Cornil Monument, exhibits from St. Bartholomew's hospital, and an exhibit at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology on the John Paul Jones autopsy.

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Arrangement

The Report on Trip to Paris and London as a Civilian Consultant for the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (September 14 to 29, 1955) comprises a single volume.

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Access and Use

Access

Access is unrestricted.

Copyright and Permission

The Report on Trip to Paris and London as a Civilian Consultant for the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (September 14 to 29, 1955) is the physical property of Nimitz Library. Copyright belongs to the authors or creators of the works, or their legal representatives. For further information, consult the Head, Special Collections & Archives.

It is the responsibility of the researcher to secure written permission to publish, reprint, or reproduce material from Special Collections & Archives. The researcher assumes responsibility for infringement of copyright or literary or publication rights. Please contact the Head, Special Collections & Archives for permission to publish and for further information.

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Acquisition and Appraisal

Provenance and Acquisition

Unknown.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Material

Additional material in this repository pertaining to the discovery, exhumation, and identification of the remains of John Paul Jones can be found in the Paul Weiss Papers, MS 385.

A collection of William Hugh Feldman's portraits of pathologists is available at the National Library of Medicine's History of Medicine Division.

Materials Cataloged Separately

No materials have been removed from this collection and cataloged separately.

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Processing and Other Information

Preferred Citation

Report on Trip to Paris and London as a Civilian Consultant for the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (September 14 to 29, 1955), MS 518

Special Collections & Archives Department

Nimitz Library

United States Naval Academy

Selected Bibliography

The following sources were consulted during preparation of the biographical note:

"1941-1942 William H. Feldman, USA (Scotland)." IAP Hal of Presidents. https://www.iapcentral.org/home/hall-of-presidents/1941-1942-william-h-feldman.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by David D'Onofrio in August 2019. Finding aid written by David D'Onofrio in August 2019.

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Subject Headings

These materials have been indexed in the Naval Academy Library online catalog using the following terms. Those seeking related materials should search under these terms.

Name and Subject Terms

  • Autopsy
  • Feldman, William Hugh, 1892-
  • Jones, John Paul, 1747-1792

Genre Terms

  • Manuscripts
  • Photographs
  • Reports
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Contents List

Box 1 Folder 1

Report on Trip to Paris and London as a Civilian Consultant for the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (September 14 to 29, 1955), 1955 (approximate)

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