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COLLECTION Identifier: B MS c30

Cotton Tufts papers

Tufts, Cotton, 1732-1815. A.D. (in hand of Cotton Tufts); 1 side (4 pages), circa 1787, 1787 Digital

Scope and Contents Contains a document sent by Tufts to an unknown recipient regarding articles and essays he recommends for publication, likely by the Massachusetts Medical Society, which may be "entertaining & useful to our country practitioners." These include a case history of a patient with a retroverted uterus by Edward Augustus Holyoke (1728-1828), and a history of emphysema by Isaac Rand (1743-1882), both A.B., Harvard College, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Tufts, Cotton, 1732-1815. A.L. [to Thomas Boylston Adams]; Weymouth, Mass., 1 side (2 pages), 1799 July 31, 1799 July 31 Digital

Scope and Contents Correspondence to Thomas Boylston Adams, A.B., Harvard College, Cambridge, Massachusetts, regarding financial accounts and the status of a home improvement project. Tufts also writes he is returning to Adams a copy of Edward Jenner's An Inquiry into the Causes and Effects of the Variolæ Vaccinæ (1798).

Gannett, Caleb, 1745-1818. A.L.s. to Cotton Tufts; Cambridge, Mass., 1 side (3 pages), 1783 February 5, 1783 February 5 Digital

Scope and Contents Correspondence informing Tufts of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences' resolution to create three departments within the academy -- Mathematical, Physical, and Medical -- and the appointment of fellows to each department for a term of two years. He writes that Tufts, along with Edward Augustus Holyoke and Joseph Warren, were elected to the Medical department.

Tufts, Cotton, 1732-1815. A.L.s. to Simon Tufts; Weymouth, Mass., 1 side (2 pages), 1759 May 23, 1759 May 23 Digital

Scope and Contents Correspondence to his brother concerning patients Tufts was treating for measles. Tufts describes the various symptoms prior the appearance of the rash, including fever and redness in the eyes. He writes that one patient, Abigail Giles, has recovered, but he expects his own child will likely soon contract the disease.

Tufts, Cotton, 1732-1815. A.L. (unsigned) to Simon Tufts; 1 side (4 pages), undated Digital

Scope and Contents Correspondence to his brother concerning patients of Tufts who suffered from fever. He describes several cases where symptoms included "violent cough" and bleeding at the gums.

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,...

Tufts, Turell, 1770-1842. A.L.s. to Cotton Tufts; 2 sides (8 pages), 1805, 1805 Digital

Scope and Contents Correspondence to his uncle regarding Tufts' experiments with the healing properties of water. He describes a case of a sailor suffering from fever and madness, for which Tufts ordered the other sailors to bind the man and continuously drench him with water. Tufts writes that after this course of therapy, which included applying "about 50 pails" of water on the second day, the sailor arrived in Boston "in perfect health & reason." He speculates the sailor's madness was not caused by liquor...

Tufts, Cotton, 1732-1815. A.L.s. to Joseph Warren; Weymouth, Massachusetts, 1 side (2 pages), 1774 July 22, 1774 July 22 Digital

Scope and Contents Correspondence regarding a patient referral to Joseph Warren, A.B., Harvard College, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Tufts describes the symptoms of an inflammatory rheumatism suffered by the patient, a young daughter of Captain James White, and the course of treatment he administered, including antispasmodics and calomel.