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W.G. Jameson letter

Identifier: MS 0197
Finding aid note: Stored onsite at the Woodson Research Center.

Scope and Contents

The letter is addressed to Dr. J.R. Moore in Galveston Texas. The letter narrates the story of a private citizen who travels while being serious ill. The unnamed passenger caught a cold in winter while taking a Turkish bath while being unprepared. He continued to travel despite severe symptoms. While traveling he drove throughout the Texas countryside in car with no insulation from the extreme weather and was exposed to the cold for lengthy durations. His symptoms continued to worsen. While traveling by train one day the passenger received a severe jolt from cargo being attached to the train. Later he would blame an anasarca peritoneal cavity on the jolt he received while riding the train. Doctor Jameson is asking Doctor Moore if the anasarca peritoneal cavity, essentially a cavity of bacterial fluid within the abdominal sac, could have been caused by the jolt or whether it was more likely caused by the several days exposure to the elements. Doctor Jameson is probably inquiring as to the possible causes of the sickness to prepare for possible mal practice litigation.


  • 1905


Access Restriction

This material is open for research.

Conditions Governing Access

Stored onsite at the Woodson Research Center.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish materials from this item must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Biographical / Historical

W.G. Jameson was the chief surgeon for the International and Great Northern Railroad Company in 1905.


0.1 Linear Feet (1 folder)

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A letter between two medical doctors in Galveston, Texas, regarding an unnamed patient’s medical condition, 1905.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Thomas W. Moore, 1972.
Guide to the W.G. Jameson letter, 1905
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Repository Details

Part of the Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas Repository

Fondren Library MS-44, Rice University
6100 Main St.
Houston Texas 77005 USA