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of patients the hospital treated in a year and the quality of its care. An
1894 biographical sketch of Harrison stated that the hospital had
"treated 11,657 patients, with a mortality of 35" (see Memorial and
Genealogical Record of Southwest Texas, Chicago: Goodspeed Broth-
ers, 1894, page 541). If so, then the hospital averaged more than 1500
patients and five deaths a year.
Harrison became president of the Texas State Medical Associa-
tion on April 4, 1876, and served until April 3, 1877 (see Transactions
of the Texas State Medical Association. Eighth Annual Session, 1876.
Marshall: Jennings Brothers, 1876, and Transactions of the Texas State
Medical Association. Ninth Annual Session, 1877. Marshall: Jennings
Brothers, 1877). George Plunkett Red's The Medicine Man in Texas
(Houston: Standard Printing and Lithographing, 1930) states that
Harrison worked for the passage of a law requiring the collection and
recording of vital statistics, but does not say that he was coauthor of the
bill. Technically, only a member of the legislature can author or coauthor
Tie G, H. &S.A. Railay ilosital,
Was established for the benefit of, and is supported by, a tax upon the Officers and Em-
ployes of the Comppny. The.JIospital ,ihlidin, located onl the orth-east corner of
Springnlad I Xfe-oak struts; in:bo of thie mot H tltful cl id Plcnannt Sectiqla of the
city, i in a thorouWlL'state of ;repair, fully,
Furnished with New: Furillitulie and Upholstery,
of the best quality, and a Complete Outfit'of Instruments anil Appliances for the treat-
nmeat of t4p various in uries and ills to which Railroad Men aire exposed.
Any btf tlfo1Oftleera and Emplovyes of the Company wlho may require it) are entitled,
upon ptbehdetaIltz of 'legitimate evidee: of their service, to their Board and such Medical
:and' Burgical treatment as the nature of. their cases may demand, frea pf charge,
'" ' I Applaats for adnlsioen should however, in every case, present the Certificate
'of'the Olit .JoForomabf the Departmoot In which they are engaged;' Or-that of the
4Ohlhf Omcers of ,the Company. A struit tibservance of. tds RItle.Is absolutely necessary
to the existence of the Ilatltution. Others';than Employes lof the Company may. he or.
dered to the HbspIlal for treatment by Maj. JAR. CONvERME, Superintendent,or Mr. E. G.
Trosxreon, )asterlof Transportation, upon theo'terms agreed upon, with the ;Presidcnt.
SPrvate patients are received at the rate of Two Dollarsper (lay, for ordinary cases.
hose involving important Surgical operations will be charged an extra- fee,i proportloned
to.character and to the' time and skill reqnired-he payment of which unlmst, in ev*ry
instance , be. assured by. a.sftlolout :deposit or satisfactory security.
SIt. ILI HARItiSON, M. ID., Medica.l Director.'
This advertisement for the G H & S A Railroad Hospital ran in every issue of The Colorado
Citizen from October 28, 1880 until March 31, 1881.
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