Unaddressed, unsigned letter, circa 1781, discussing pulmonary diseases. The recipient was possibly Noah Fifield.
Letter from physician Marshall Spring (1742?-1818) to Noah Fifield regarding treatment of a patient. Undated but likely written in the late 18th century.
Signature of Cotton Tufts, MD, Weymouth, Massachusetts, probably dated in the 18th century.
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.
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.
Notebook of Cotton Tufts, likely dated in the 18th century, containing medical recipes. Bound with a cover bearing a Fifield book plate.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
"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.