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  • Stephen Recker
    Thanks. That s quite a coincidence, such an unusual name and being from MD. Stephen ... [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
    Message 1 of 22 , Mar 15, 2009
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      Thanks. That's quite a coincidence, such an unusual name and being from
      MD.

      Stephen

      On Sunday, March 15, 2009, at 09:49 AM, msjillm53 wrote:
      >
      > The name Erasmus Garrott is vaguely familiar in connection with a
      > work-related paper I did a few years ago about smallpox. I went
      > through my notes and found the following, an obituary published in the
      > June 18, 1898, edition of the publication Naval and Military Medical
      > Services:
      >
      > "Dr. Erasmus Garrott, Chief Medical Inspector, Department of Health,
      > City of Chicago, whose death was announced in a recent issue of the
      > BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL, was born at Knoxville, Frederick Co.,
      > Maryland, in 1836. He graduated at the Medical Department of the
      > University of Maryland in 1856, was an interne in the hospital at
      > Baltimore for a year, and was afterwards in country practice for three
      > years in West Virginia. In 1860 he engaged in practice in the mining
      > town of Central City, Gilpin Co., Colorado. Settling in Chicago in
      > 1873, he at once became connected with public sanitary work during the
      > rebuilding of the city after the great fire of 1871. At this time a
      > great responsibility fell upon the medical profession, because of the
      > increased illness in the city from lack of proper food and shelter.
      > Dr. Garrott was appointed Medical Inspector in 1890, serving the city
      > faithfully more than twenty-one years. Dr. Garrott was wholly wrapped
      > up in his public work, and he was so devoted to duty that he forgot
      > how to take relaxation. He was an acknowledged authority on small-pox,
      > which he fought with unceasing activity. he used to say that the only
      > recognition of his labours he wished to have placed on his tombstone
      > was the legend, 'He Vaccinated.'"
      >
      > Not "your" Erasmus Garrott, obviously. I didn't do any follow-up on
      > this Dr. Garrott, but "your" Dr. Garrott is undoubtedly related.
      >
      > Jill Mitchell
      > Harpers Ferry, WV


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