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
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