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COLLECTION Identifier: B MS c3

William Cranch Bond Fifield papers

Spring, Marshall, 1742?-1818. Autograph letter signed to Noah Fifield, undated Digital

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Letter from physician Marshall Spring (1742?-1818) to Noah Fifield regarding treatment of a patient. Undated but likely written in the late 18th century.

Tufts, Cotton, 1732-1815. Autograph note to Joseph Willard, undated Digital

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Fragment of a letter from Cotton Tufts to Harvard President Joseph Willard (1738-1804). The letter is undated but likely was written in the 18th century.

Tufts, Cotton, 1732-1815. Three manuscript documents, undated Digital

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Contains a "receipt for making a strong beer," and recipes for syrup of marshmallows and a balsamic for phthisis (pulmonary tuberculosis), written by Cotton Tufts, most likely in the 18th century.

Tufts, Cotton, 1732-1815. Prescription notebook, manuscript document, undated Digital

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Notebook of Cotton Tufts, likely dated in the 18th century, containing medical recipes. Bound with a cover bearing a Fifield book plate.

Tufts, Samuel, 1736-. Autograph letter signed to Cotton Tufts, 1796 September 16 Digital

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Letter from Samuel Tufts to his brother, Cotton Tufts, dated September 16, 1796, about a malignant fever in Newburyport, Massachusetts, and its origins, and a distemper related to contact with eels.

Adams, Abigail, 1744-1818. Autograph letter signed [to an unknown recipient], undated Digital

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Undated fragment of a note by Abigail Adams, signed, “your [affectionate] niece” regarding treatment of a cough and sore stomach; on the verso is a recipe attributed to David Foord.

Boston. Selectmen. Advertisement, 1752 July 27 Digital

Scope and Contents Handwritten announcement by Boston Town Clerk Ezekiel Goldthwait, dated July 27, 1752, informing the public of the findings of a smallpox survey conducted by the Boston Selectmen and Overseers of the Poor. After visiting every family in the Overseers' respective wards, they determined the exact number of people who had contracted smallpox, "either in the natural way or by inoculation, since it first broke out in January last." According to the document, "it appears that five thousand &...

Boston Weekly News-Letter, 1755 December 11 Digital

Scope and Contents One page of the Boston Weekly News-Letter, issue No. 2788, dated December 11, 1755. Includes reports about the French and Indian War, an earthquake, an attempted murder, and a beached whale, as well as advertisements for auctions, real estate, and books. There is additionally a notice regarding a fugitive from slavery, named either Bonny or Bonny-west, taken out by distiller Johnson Jackson of Boston, who offered a six dollar reward and expenses for his capture. The ad describes Bonny's...

Fabricius von Hilden, Wilhelm, 1560-1634. Autograph document signed, 1626 October 12-1878 Digital

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Note with Latin inscriptions in the hand of German physician Wilhelm Fabricius Hildanus (1560-1634), dated October 12, 1626. The note is accompanied by two manuscript frames, dated 1878, on which are written a biography of the"father of German surgery" and description of the note, which was deposited with the Boston Medical Library Association.

Hall, Charles. Autographed letter signed, probably 1785 Digital

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Letter from Charles Hall to an unnamed recipient, possibly dated in 1785, written from Castle William (now Castle Island), in Boston Harbor. Hall references an unspecified complaint related to ulcerations, possible courses of treatment, and the medicinal use of opium to alleviate pain as described in Scottish physician George Young’s (1692-1757) Treatise on Opium (1753).

Holbrook, Amos, 1754-1812. Manuscript document, 1799 March Digital

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Invoice of medicines and attendance for the family and apprentices of Euclid Tileston (1766-1848), of Dorchester, Massachusetts, from physician Amos Holbrook (1754-1842), dated March 1799. His services included smallpox inoculation, attendance to Tileston's wife during childbirth, and an operation on his son's hand.

Payson, Phillips, Autograph manuscript signed, circa 1772 Digital

Scope and Contents Medical case study described by Phillips Payson involving Mary Tuttle, a 60 year old woman who suffered a seizure and survived on a snow bank for seventeen hours on March 2-3, 1772. Payson discovered her and attempted to treat her by applying warm cloths. In addition, "by way of experiment, a vein was open'd, and she bled freely. He called for a physician, who could not come but sent four vomits to be administered. Tuttle lived another three years in a "tolerable state of health." Attributed...

Tickets and printed material, 1798-1948 Digital

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Tickets to medical lectures and dinners held by the Massachusetts Medical Society and Harvard Medical School faculty, and other printed material, dated 1798-1948. Includes a ticket for a philanthropic lottery in Vermont in 1798, a twenty dollar bill issued by the Confederate States of America, and tickets of admission to a reading by Charles Dickens.

Torrey, John. Autograph letter signed to William Smith, 1751 January 10 Digital

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Letter from physician John Torrey of Kingston, Massachusetts, to William Smith, dated January 10, 1751, regarding symptoms and recommended treatment, namely "bold & repeated use of calomel," for an unnamed distemper.

Waterhouse, Benjamin, 1754-1846. Method of practice in inoculation, circa 1800 Digital

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"Method of Practice in Inoculation," by Benjamin Waterhouse, circa 1800, with proposed courses of treatment of adults after inoculation in the morning and in the evening.