Canavan, Myrtelle M. papers, 1898-1945. GA 10.20

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Canavan, Myrtelle M. papers, 1898-1945. GA 10.20


Canavan (Women's Medical College of Pennsylvania, M.D., 1905) was a pathologist at Boston State Hospital, and at several medical schools. She was curator of the Warren Anatomical Museum, Harvard Medical School, from 1924 to 1945.
Contains correspondence, research notes and photographs, drafts and notes for autopsy reports, notices of appointments and honors, certificates, and bibliography of Canavan's writings. Most of her correspondence is with colleagues at Harvard and at other medical schools and societies concerning her studies in pathology and administration of the Warren Anatomical Museum. The research material documents her studies of multiple sclerosis, brain disease, pathology of mental deficiency, and related medical cases, including Canavan's post-mortem examination of Elmer Ernest Southard's brain. Also includes her notebook of research on skin diseases.

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Certificate of appreciation from the Second International Congress of Eugenics
For her contribution to the Second International Congress of Eugenics exhibit, Dr. Canavan was presented with this certificate of appreciation.

Brain of an alcoholic vagrant
Dr. Myrtelle May Canavan, pathologist with the Massachusetts Department of Mental Diseases and a member of the staff of the Boston Psychopathic Hospital, displayed enlarged photographs of fifty brains of criminals and feeble-minded individuals at theā€¦
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