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To the Editor:
—In view of your editorial, "Larrey the Originator of Rapid Evacuation of the Wounded" (TheJournal, Sept. 29, 1917, p. 1084), the enclosed copy of the scheme written by William Shippen and John Cochran, both of whom were at a later date Surgeons-General in the Army of the Revolution, and in the handwriting of William Shippen, may be of interest to you. This appears in No. 22, folio 9, papers of the Continental Congress, and was transmitted to Congress by Washington, Feb. 14, 1777, and was reported on by the committee, Feb. 24, 1777. It is of decided interest, showing as it does where the "flying hospital" originated. I can find no record that this scheme was actually enacted into a law or of its having been in use in the Continental Army, but it was suggested by William Shippen in 1777 and was a matter of
Owen WO. ORIGIN OF THE FLYING HOSPITAL. JAMA. 1917;LXIX(15):1289. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.02590420081023