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Charles McKnight's Surgical Kit
Medical Science, Division of Science, Medicine, and Society, National Museum of American History

Charles McKnight's Surgical Kit

Catalog #: 1979.0246.01    Accession #: 1979.0246
Credit: Medical Science, Division of Science, Medicine, and Society, National Museum of American History

Dimensions / Weight

Dimensions: 14" H x 21.5" W x 11" D

Physical Description

Wooden box with green felt lining. Wooden handled saws, scalpels and assorted instruments.

Specific History

Surgical kit owned by Charles McKnight, Sr.

General History

Charles McKnight was born in Cranbury, New Jersey, 10 October, 1750. His father was a minister who opposed the crown. The Tories burned his church in Middletown Point in 1777 and he was thrown in prison, where he died in 1778. Charles McKnight after graduation from Princeton in 1771, studied medicine with Dr. William Shippen. He entered the Revolutionary army, and became senior surgeon of the Flying hospital of the middle department on 11 April, 1777. A t one time he acted as the chief physician and surgeon-general in command of the huts or hospital at the cantonments on Hudson River near New Windsor. Dr. McKnight published various papers on medical and surgical subjects.


Keywords

Country: United States
State: New Jersey
War: War of American Independence
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