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April £3, 1938 

Mr. J. C. Schwarz 

Editor, "Who's Who Among 
Physicians and Surgeons" 

£77 Broadway, New York, N. Y. 

U. S. A. 

Dear Mr. Schwarz: 

I have received your letter of March 3, 

1938, in which you inform me that my name has 
been recommended by Dr. Jose M. Delgado for 
inclusion in the 1938 edition of "Who’s Who 
Among Physicians and Surgeons." In compliance 
with your request, I am filling out the ques- 
tionnaire which you have sent me although, upon 
second thought, I feel that I am not entitled 
to be included in this publication inasmuch as, 
at present, I am occupying a government posi- 
tion not connected with the medical work. 

I served as a volunteer surgeon, during 
the World War, with the American Red Cross and 
was detailed as surgeon to French hospitals. 

For my services there, I was decorated with the 
French Medal of Honor, the Silver Medal of French 
Recognition and was made an officer of the Legion 
of Honor. Upon my return to the Islands, I joined 
the Medical Corps of the Philippine Constabulary, 
the armed force of the Philippine Government, and, 
five years after I joined the organization, I was 
promoted to the grade of Lieutenant Colonel and 
made Chief Surgeon. At the same time, I was made 
President of the Board of Medical Examiners, which 
position I occupied for several years. 

In 193£ the Department of Health and Welfare 
was organized by the Philippine Legislature, and 
the then Governor-General, Theodore Roosevelt, 
appointed me Acting Commissioner of Health and 
Welfare to organize the department. I occupied 
this position for two years after which Governor- 

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General Murphy asked me to give up my medical 
work and accept an appointment as Brigadier Gen- 
eral and Commanding General of the Philippine 
Constabulary. I tried to discuss with Governor- 
General Murphy my objections to such appointment, 
but I was told that my services were needed, and 
I had no other recourse but to accept. Since 
then, I have been separated from my surgical work 
although, occasionally, I still perform surgical 
operations. When the Philippine Army was organ- 
ized in 1936, the President of the Commonwealth 
promoted me to the rank of Major General and de- 
signated me Deputy Chief of Staff which position 
I now hold. 

In the year 1935 I was elected President of 
the Colegio Medico-Farmaceutico de Filipinas, the 
oldest medical society existing in the Islands . 

I was reelected twice during which time I was 
able to bring about the union of the old Spanish 
medical society and the new English-speaking Ma- 
nila Medical Society. Former presidents had tried 
to bring about this union, but opposition on the 
part of the members of both societies made all 
their efforts futile. I was fortunate to be able 
to win the goodwill of the members of both socie- 
ties and, with the cooperation of Dr. Nanagas, 
then President of the Manila Medical Society, I 
was able to bring about the much-needed union. 

Personally, I feel that I am not entitled 
to be included in the publication ’’Who’s Who 
Among Physicians and Surgeons,” but I am leaving 
that to your own judgment. 

Sincerely yours 

(Major General) 





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