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Objects of Art: Robert Fletcher, M.D.

Portrait of Robert Fletcher

Location: Main Reading Room, Building 38
Portrait of Robert Fletcher, M.D.
(1823-1912)
Principal Assistant Librarian of the Librarian of the Library 1876-1912
Artist: Wilton R. Lockwood
Presented to the Library by a group of Dr. Fletcher's friends

Dr. Fletcher joined the Library of the Surgeon General's office in 1876 where he assisted Dr. John Shaw Billings in compiling the Library's Index-Catalogue, the first volume of which appeared in 1880. From 1879-1899 he served as co-editor and later (1903-1911) as editor-in-chief of the Index Medicus® Despite thirty-five years of work on these bibliographies, Dr. Fletcher also found time for many contributions to the literature of anthropology and the history of medicine and was a recipient of many degrees and honors.

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