Bowditch, Henry papers, 1806-1957 (inclusive), 1858-1910 (bulk). H MS c5


Contains mostly letters addressed to Bowditch and some drafts of his outgoing letters; and also a considerable amount of family correspondence. Other papers include Bowditch's Civil War orders and documents, manuscripts of lectures and essays, 1862 journal of military life at Edisto Island, S.C., Harvard Medical School report of the Committee of Medical Faculty, and memorabilia.
Letters from Bowditch's colleagues contain comments on his paper on reform in medical education, and discuss the anti-vivisection movement, research on experimental physiology and growth of children, and other matters. Also includes responses to Bowditch's questionnaire on alcohol usage, letters regarding his appointments and election to professional societies. Letters from Charles W. Eliot pertain to Bowditch's lectures in physiology at Harvard, changes in admission policies and courses, and other topics. Letters from Granville S. Hall concern physiological apparatus and experimental work in physiology, as well as research of European colleagues. Other major correspondents are Charles-Edouard Brown-Séquard, John Curtis, Wolcott Gibbs, and Francis Galton. Also includes drafts of Bowditch's letters about such subjects as admission of women to Harvard Medical School, letters to his wife Selma Knauth and to his parents; and correspondence belonging to Fanny B. Katz about her father Henry P. Bowditch.

Items in the Bowditch, Henry papers, 1806-1957 (inclusive), 1858-1910 (bulk). H MS c5 Collection

Autograph presentation inscription "from E. A. Codman to Henry P. Bowditch" on verso

After his older brother, Henry Pickering Bowditch, enlisted, Charles, then finishing his sophomore year at Harvard College, sought his father's permission to do the same. When his request was refused, Bowditch wrote, "The country must be aroused to…

Bowditch writes:

I write this to send by a waggon train that is going to Rappahannock Station tomorrow morning. They might just as well send us too if there was any one to take the responsibility of it but the comfort of 100 or so wounded men is…

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