Holmes, Oliver Wendell papers, 1838-ca.1900 (inclusive). B MS c9

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Holmes, Oliver Wendell papers, 1838-ca.1900 (inclusive). B MS c9


Most of the papers are letters from Holmes to various colleagues, concerning mainly medical topics and people. Subjects include treatment by bleeding, a remedy for asthma, Holmes' discovery of bone cells, condolences upon the death of Henry J. Bigelow, Boston Medical Library Association and Tremont Medical School matters, the resignation of a Harvard Medical School dean, and Civil War injuries of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. Other items include three poems by Holmes and Thomas Dwight's reminiscences, ca.1900, of Holmes as an anatomy professor.

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Letter from Oliver Wendell Holmes to Charles Brooks
This letter from Holmes’ tenure as dean of Harvard Medical School relates to the education of two African-American students, Daniel Laing, Jr., and Isaac H. Snowden. Here, at Brooks’ appeal, Holmes waives the lecture fees for Laing…

This handwritten prescription for a friend, probably to treat bronchitis, was made by Holmes shortly before his death.
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