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ITEM — Box: 1, Folder: 8 Identifier: B MS c30

Tufts, Simon, 1769-1797. A.L.s. to Cotton Tufts; Newburyport, Mass., 1 side (2 pages), 1796 September 3, 1796 September 3 Digital

Scope and Contents

Correspondence to his uncle requesting his medical opinion on an outbreak of a "malignant disease" in Newburyport. Tufts speculates the disorder may be caused by unsanitary conditions near the Water Street homes of those afflicted. The symptoms of the disease, which develop over the course of about eight days, include vomiting, a feeling of "stricture & sense of weight upon the stomach," headache, confusion, yellow spots on the skin, fetid breath, and spasms. The patient then usually dies, after which the body "turns very yellow." Tufts notes another physician diagnosed the disease as malignant putrid bilious fever.


  • 1796 September 3

Language of Materials

Papers are in English.

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0.18 cubic feet (1 flat storage box)


Repository Details

Part of the Center for the History of Medicine (Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine) Repository

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