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FLETCHER, William Baldwin, physician, born in Indianapolis, Indiana, 18 August 1837. He was educated in the Lancaster academy in Massachusetts, and, after graduating at the New York College of physicians and surgeons, began to practice in Indianapolis. During the war he served in various capacities as scout and volunteer engineer, and had charge of one department of secret service. In July 1861, he was captured by the Confederates, and imprisoned for nine months. Subsequently he served on the medical staff in various departments. He was a delegate to the session of the American medical association held in Boston in 1865. He represented Marion County in the state senate in 1882'3, and since 1882 he has been devoted to the investigation of cerebral circulation. In 1883 he was appointed superintendent of lndiaria hospital for the insane, and since that time has published several pamphlets on the management of the insane. Among his contributions to medical journals are: "The Discovery of Various Entozoa found in Pork" : "Human Entozoa" ; "Report of Five Cases of Trichiniasis"; and he has published a monograph on the " History of Asiatic Cholera" (Cincinnati, 1863).
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