Surgical Instruments used at Lincoln's Autopsy, 1865


On April 15, Surgeon General Joseph K. Barnes directed an autopsy on Lincoln’s body in the White House. The name of the surgeon who performed the autopsy was not recorded. The instruments he used were given to Alfred D. Wilson, a young doctor who assisted in the procedure. They remained in Wilson’s family until they were donated to the Medical Society of the County of Kings in Brooklyn, New York, in 1935.

Gift of the Medical Society of the County of Kings, 1983

Date Made: by 1865

Associated Name: Lincoln, Abraham

Location: Currently not on view

Subject: MedicineGeneral Subject Association: National Symbols


See more items in: Political History: Political History, General History Collection, Government, Politics, and Reform, Selections from the Abraham Lincoln Collection


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Related Publication: Rubenstein, Harry R.. Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life

Credit Line: Gift of the Medical Society of the County of Kings

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: COLL.MEDKIT.005002Accession Number: 1983.0051

Object Name: medical kit

Physical Description: wood (overall material)metal (overall material)Measurements: overall with lid open: 6 3/4 in x 10 1/4 in x 7 1/2 in; 17.145 cm x 26.035 cm x 19.05 cm


Record Id: nmah_1359567

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