A letter from Dr. William Osler to Dr. Henry Lyle retrieved from the St. Luke's Archives which describes the technique of a gastroenterostomy as a means of relieving a gastric outlet syndrome.
Dr. Henry H. M. Lyle, MD graduated from the College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1900. He began his surgical internship at St. Luke's the same year and later served on the house staff of St. Mary's Hospital for Children and the New York Hospital . He then traveled abroad before returning to St. Luke's in 1903. Ten years later, at the age of 38, he was elevated to the rank of attending surgeon.
In 1915 and again in 1916 he served as chief medical officer of American Ambulance Hospitals in france . He devised the suspension and traction frame, later known as "Balkan" frame, for treating compound fractures of the extremities. This with the use of the Thomas splint, was a contribution to the wounded of major importance. Dr. Lyle's unit was also one of the first to adopt the Carrel-Dakin treatment of wounds.
With the entry of the United States into the war in 1917, Dr. Lyle, then a major, organized Evacuation Hospital No. 2 and took it to France . Later he was a chief consulting surgeon with the First Army. During the St. Mihiel drive and the Meuse-Argonne offensive more than 125,000 sick and wounded were brought to the railhead hospitals under his supervision. In October 1918 he was advanced to the rank of colonel and decorated with the Distinguished Service Medal.
After the war, Dr. Lyle returned to the hospital and to private practice. In addition to his duties at St. Luke's he was director of the cancer service at the New York Skin and cancer Hospital . He was professor of clinical surgery at the College of Physicians and Surgeons and later held the same position at Cornell Medical College .
He was a member of many professional organizations, including the New York Surgical Society, the American College of Surgeons, the American Surgical Association, and the Society of Clinical Surgery. It was during his time at St. Luke's when he and Dr. Ada performed the first successful pneumonectomy for cancer in New York .
A letter from Dr. S. Perthes to Dr. Henry Lyle thanking him for his interest in the tourniquet as a means to selectively control bleeding as well as the test with his namesake as a means of evaluating varicose veins.