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COLLECTION Identifier: H MS c24

William Heberden papers,

The William Heberden papers, 1740-1786 (inclusive), contain manuscripts by English physician William Heberden (1710-1801) about the use of amulets and magic in medicine, a lecture on the medicinal uses of plants, and notes and prescriptions. Also includes correspondence addressed to Heberden from Stephen Hales (1677-1761), who reports his successful use of ventilators on ships and discusses the evils of strong liquor; a few letters of others concerning cure for bladder stones; obituaries; and a report.

Dates

  • 1740-1786 (inclusive).

Language of Materials

Papers are in English, French, and Latin.

Conditions Governing Access

Access requires advance notice. Contact Public Services for further information.

Conditions Governing Use

Harvard Medical Library does not hold copyright on all the materials in the collection. Requests for permission to publish material from the collection should be directed to Public Services. Researchers who obtain permission to publish from Public Services are responsible for identifying and contacting the persons or organizations that hold copyright.

Extent

0.13 cubic feet (1 flat storage box)

The William Heberden papers, 1740-1786 (inclusive), contain manuscripts by English physician William Heberden about the use of amulets and magic in medicine, a lecture on the medicinal uses of plants, and notes and prescriptions. Also includes correspondence addressed to Heberden from Stephen Hales (1677-1761), who reports his successful use of ventilators on ships and discusses the evils of strong liquor; a few letters of others concerning cure for bladder stones; obituaries; and a report.

Papers are predominantly in English, with some materials in French and Latin.

Biographical Note

William Heberden (1710-1801), M.D., 1739, St. John's College, Cambridge, England, was an English physician. After graduating from Cambridge, he studied at a London hospital and taught medicine at the college, lecturing in materia medica. He was a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (1746), a member of the Royal Society, and an honorary member of the Royal Society of Medicine, Paris. He practiced for over thirty years in London and wrote detailed notes on his cases, which formed the basis for his Commentaries on the History and Cure of Diseases, published posthumously by his son William Heberden the Younger (1767–1845). Commentaries contain his original descriptions of angina pectoris and chicken pox; Heberden's account of angina led to its recognition as a distinct disease.

Arrangement

The papers are arranged chronologically.

Related Papers in the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, Center for the History of Medicine

  1. Three Lectures Containing Some Observations on the History, Nature, and Cure of Poisons, Read at the college of Physicians on the 24th, 25th, and 26th of August 1749. B MS b30.1.
  2. Commentaries on the History and Cure of Diseases. 1.K.1818.1.
  3. An introduction to the study of physic. H MS b14.1.
  4. Quotations. H MS b14.2.
  5. Notebook of William Heberden. H MS b14.3.
  6. Of perspiration. H MS b14.4.
  7. Notebook on materia medica of William Heberden. H MS b14.6.

Processing Information

Processed by Brooke McManus, 2015 November.

Processing staff in the Center for the History of Medicine analyzed, arranged, and described the papers, and created a finding aid to improve access in 2015. The collection was described in a card catalog at an earlier date; the folder titles, as previously devised by staff, were retained.

Please note that the following abbreviations have been used: "A.L." for autographed letter; "A.L.s." for autographed letter signed; "A.MS." for autographed manuscript signed; and "MS.L." for manuscript letter.
Link to catalog
Title
Heberden, William, 1710-1801. Papers, 1740-1786 (inclusive): Finding Aid
Author
Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine. Center for the History of Medicine.
Sponsor
Preservation and description was supported by the Arcadia-funded project Harvard in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries.
EAD ID
med00221

Repository Details

Part of the Countway Library of Medicine Repository

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