Ashburn, P. M. (Percy Moreau), 1872-1940

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Percy Moreau Ashburn (1872-1940) was born in Batavia, Ohio. He received his M.D. degree from the Jefferson Medical College of Philadelphia in 1893. He joined the U.S. Army Medical Department in 1898. From 1899 to 1909 he was stationed in the Philippines where he helped organize the Army Board for the study of tropical diseases in the Philippine Islands. Ashburn was General Inspector of the Health Department in Panama from 1914 until 1917, when he was detached as Chief Medical Officer at Fort Benjamin Harrison. From 1919 to 1927 Colonel Ashburn headed the Division of Venereal Diseases in the Surgeon General's office, established the Medical Field Service School in Carlisle, Pennsylvania and spent four years as professor of military hygiene at West Point. In 1927 Ashburn became Chief of the Library Division in the Surgeon General's Office and Librarian of the Army Medical Library. He held these positions until his retirement from the army in 1932. He was superintendent of the Columbia Hospital for Women from 1934 until his death.

From the description of Percy Moreau Ashburn papers, 1932-1947 (bulk 1932-1940). (National Library of Medicine). WorldCat record id: 14309407

Percy Moreau Ashburn (1872-1940) was born in Batavia, Ohio. He received his M.D. degree from the Jefferson Medical College of Philadelphia in 1893. He joined the U.S. Army Medical Department in 1898. From 1899 to 1909 he was stationed in the Philippines where he helped organize the Army Board for the study of Tropical Diseases for the Philippine Islands. Ashburn was General Inspector of the Health Department in Panama from 1914 until 1917, when he was detached as Chief Medical Officer at Fort Benjamin Harrison. From 1919 to 1927 Colonel Ashburn headed the Division of Venereal Diseases in the Surgeon General's office, established the Medical Field Service School in Carlisle, Pennsylvania and spent four years as professor of military hygiene at West Point. In 1927 Ashburn became Chief of the Library Division in the Surgeon General's Office and Librarian of the Army Medical Library. He held these positions until his retirement from the army in 1932. He was superintendent of the Columbia Hospital for Women from 1934 until his death.

From the description of Experimental investigations regarding the etiology of dengue fever : with a general consideration of the disease [and] A comparative study of tsutsugamushi disease and spotted or tick fever of Montana / by P.M. Ashburn and Charles F. Craig, 1906-1907. (National Library of Medicine). WorldCat record id: 14304829

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.]

From the guide to the Percy Moreau Ashburn Papers, 1913-1947, (History of Medicine Division. National Library of Medicine)

Percy Moreau Ashburn (1872-1940) was born in Batavia, Ohio. He received his M.D. degree from the Jefferson Medical College of Philadelphia in 1893. He joined the U.S. Army Medical Department in 1898. From 1899 to 1909 he was stationed in the Philippines where he helped organize the Army Board for the study of Tropical Diseases for the Philippine Islands. Ashburn was General Inspector of the Health Department in Panama from 1914 until 1917, when he was detached as Chief Medical Officer at Fort Benjamin Harrison. From 1919 to 1927 Colonel Ashburn headed the Division of Venereal Diseases in the Surgeon General's office, established the Medical Field Service School in Carlisle, Pennsylvania and spent four years as professor of military hygiene at West Point. In 1927 Ashburn became Chief of the Library Division in the Surgeon General's Office and Librarian of the Army Medical Library. He held these positions until his retirement from the army in 1932. He was superintendent of the Columbia Hospital for Women from 1934 until his death.

Ashburn and Craig constituted the U.S. Army Board for the Study of Tropical Diseases for the Philippine Islands.

From the guide to the Experimental investigations regarding the etiology of dengue fever : with a general consideration of the disease [and] A comparative study of tsutsugamushi disease and spotted or tick fever of Montana / by P.M. Ashburn and Charles F. Craig, 1906-1907, (History of Medicine Division. National Library of Medicine)

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associatedWith Ashburn, P. M. (Percy Moreau), 1872-1940. person
associatedWith Carter, Henry Rose, 1852-1925 person
associatedWith Craig, Charles Franklin, 1872-1950. person
associatedWith Hench, Philip S. (Philip Showalter), 1896-1965 person
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associatedWith Kean, Jefferson Randolph, 1860-1950 person
associatedWith Lazear, Jesse William, 1866-1900 person
associatedWith Reed, Walter, 1851-1902 person
correspondedWith Roback, A. A. (Abraham Aaron), 1890-1965 person
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Montana
Americas
Philippines
Philippines
Montana
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History of medicine
Health education
Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever--etiology
Malaria
Rocky Mountain spotted fever
Scrub Typhus
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Birth 1872

Death 1940

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