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Dr. Robert King Stone - Personal Physician of Abraham Lincoln - 1865

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Tue, May 13, 2014 @ 09:04 AM

robert king stoneDR ROBERT KING STONE - PERSONAL PHYSICIAN OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN

Surrounding every productive leader, there are many supportive associates. For Abraham Lincoln, one of these people was his personal physician, Dr. Robert King Stone (1822-1872). Since the American Civil War, Dr. Stone cared for President Lincoln and then was asked to care for the first family during Lincoln’s presidency.

Background

Dr. Stone had begun his life as the son of an engraver. After earning his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Stone traveled to London, Paris and Vienna to investigate hospital techniques and practices. In 1847 Dr. Stone opened his own medical practice. After establishing an outstanding reputation in the Washington DC medical community, he became a professor at Columbian College Medical School, which has since become The George Washington University Medical School.

Caring for the Lincoln Family

It was February of 1862 when two of Lincoln’s sons were afflicted with Typhoid Fever. Although Dr. Stone cared for them and did everything he could, 8-year-old Thomas ‘Tad’ Lincoln survived but 11-year-old William ‘Willie’ Lincoln passed away. The Lincoln family trusted Dr. Stone and called on him regularly for medical care. In particular, Mrs. Lincoln relied on him for assistance with her frequent migraine headaches.

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Presidential Influence

President Lincoln so respected Dr. Stone’s medical opinion that he wrote a letter to the surgeon general in 1862 urging him to follow his directive in regard to introduce a certain disinfectant for use in hospitals and camps. Dr. Stone was often called upon to treat members of the White House staff as well as the First Family.

Medical Case

The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection has acquired the small medical case that was used by Dr. Robert King Stone during the time that he served the Lincoln Family. The black leather case contains syringes and other instruments lain in purple velvet with a hinge monogrammed "R.K.S., M.D." This rare find is proven authentic by Dr. Stone’s own original hand-written note that indicates that he used it to treat President Abraham Lincoln.

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Assassination

Dr. Stone remained with President Lincoln during his final hours. After learning that the President had been shot at Ford’s Theater, Dr. Stone rushed to his aid. Another doctor who was at the scene had President Lincoln moved to a private home that was directly across the street from the theatre. Although he was still breathing and had a weak pulse for several hours, President Lincoln's horrendous wound was mortal and the President  never regained consciousness.  The President was pronounced dead early on the morning of April 15, 1865.

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Consoling the First Family

It was Dr. Stone who informed Robert Todd Lincoln, President Lincoln’s eldest son, of his father’s fatal condition. In the weeks following the assassination, Mrs. Lincoln became very distraught. Dr. Stone and another physician who was a friend of the family cared for her, insisting that she be allowed to remain in the White House until she had sufficiently recovered.

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Testimony

Dr. Stone’s concern for the Lincolns extended to the formal investigation of the assassination. Although there were many witnesses, Dr. Stone was the only physician to give testimony about the President’s condition. In his account, he provides details of the close range gunshot that entered the back of President Lincoln’s head, the immediate effects it had on his person, and the attempts of himself and others to assist the President. Dr. Stone describes how Lincoln’s breathing and heartbeat gradually decreased, and closer to his death, how his body began convulsing. His remarks continued with a full account of President Lincoln’s autopsy.

abraham lincoln funeral A SMALL PORTION OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN'S ENORMOUS PRESIDENTIAL FUNERAL

Historical Significance

The role that Dr. Stone enjoyed while caring for the Lincoln family, however tragically it may have ended, helped his career considerably. He was very well respected and was able to accomplish many things due to the powerful influence he had earned.

Raleigh DeGeer Amyx is proud to own the authentic medical case, as well as the Physician's personal provenance, pertaining to it's use on of President Lincoln. Mr. Amyx has spent more than 30 years collecting historically significant artifacts. Many of the museum-quality hisorical artifacts acquired by the Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection will be sold, including this iconic representation, in a live auction in Boston, Mass. on September 17th & 18th, 2014 by RRAUCTION.COM. If you have interest in a particular item in the collection, please feel to inquire using the form below or contact the the auction house directly using the above link.

 

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