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Unknown Screws from Bob Stone's leg


Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09620.422 Author/Creator: Unknown Place Written: Toronto, Canada Type: Object Date: July 1938 Pagination: 1 object ; 17.8 x 15.6 cm.

Summary of Content: One framed medical device dated July 1938. Frame contains metal plate that was placed in Robert Stone's leg after a car accident when Robert was sixteen. The plate and screws were removed in January 1944 at March Field, California. The plate was removed when it caused medical issues during Robert's training as the planes provided no protection from the cold temperatures at high altitudes.

People: Stone, Robert L., 1921-2009

Historical Era: Great Depression and World War II, 1929-1945

Subjects: Health and MedicalWorld War II

Sub Era: World War II

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