I'm wondering who R.D. Irland is. When my grandma was born in Missouri she had a condition known as pyloric stenosis. Her parents were told she wasn't going to live. Then, an old army doctor by the name of R. D. Irland came in and performed an operation that saved her life. Grandma was the first child to survive this condition, actually the first to even survive this brand new surgery. The year was 1812.
A later newspaper clipping found in Grandma's baby book [date and name of paper unknown] reads: "Dr. R. D. Irland a M.R.C. Captain - Dr. R. D. Irland has recieved a commission as captain in the Medical Reserve Corps. He left last night for New York City to take a course of instruction in brain surgery before going overseas. Doctor Irland has been a member of the surgical staff of the Research Hospital. His family will live in Danville, Pa., during his absence."
Any information about this man - like a full name - would be greatly appreciated.
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