A Doctor's Life

A Doctor's Life (HM1CYH)

Location: Fairfax, MN 55332 Nicollet County
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N 44° 27.157', W 94° 44.086'

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The Post's surgeon lived here. In addition to treating the sick and injured, the post surgeon was himself a commissioned officer, in charge of enforcing proper sanitary measures. The regular inspection of living quarters, the water supply, cooking, and sanitary facilities came under his authority. The doctor and his staff not only served the needs of the military personnel, but often cared for the sick in the surrounding area. For soldiers and civilians alike, accidents and diseases, rather than battle wounds, were the major problems.

All in a Day's Work

In 1856, Dr. Alex Hasson, assistant surgeon at Fort Ridgely, wrote about a patient with a dislocated shoulder:

The patient was brought to the hospital somewhat drunk and in great agony, and being a powerful man, was almost unmanageable. Without the induction of anesthesia, all attempts at reduction... would have been attended with great risk of aggravating the original injury.... A towel strongly charged with chloroform, partly through persuasion and partly by force, was applied to his mouth and nostrils, and almost in a moment he lay senseless and relaxed.

Minnesota Historical Society
Fort Ridgely
Series This marker is part of the Minnesota: Fort Ridgely Interpretive Series series, and the Minnesota Historical Society series.
Historical Period19th Century
Historical PlaceMonument, Military Installation, Fort, Battlefield
Marker TypeOther
Marker ClassWar Memorial
Marker StyleCommemmorative Marker
Placed ByMinnesota Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 at 5:57pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 361977 N 4923609
Decimal Degrees44.45261667, -94.73476667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 27.157', W 94° 44.086'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 27' 9.4200" N, 94° 44' 5.1600" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)507
Can be seen from road?Yes
Is marker in the median?No
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 72404 Co Rd 30, Fairfax MN 55332, US
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