Waterhouse, Benjamin papers, 1797-1829 (inclusive). B MS c10

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Waterhouse, Benjamin papers, 1797-1829 (inclusive). B MS c10


Waterhouse (Leyden, M.D. 1780) Hersey Professor of Theory and Practice of Physic at Harvard, introduced vaccination against smallpox into the U.S. He was the first professor of medicine at Harvard, the first to give a course of lectures on natural history at Rhode Island College (Brown) in Providence, founder of the botanical garden at Cambridge, Mass., and curator of the collection of minerals at Harvard.
Consists of Waterhouse's letters to colleagues, including Lyman Spalding, concerning smallpox inoculation and other medical topics. A few letters pertain to Waterhouse's activities at Harvard. Also includes a vaccination certificate.

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Letter from Benjamin Waterhouse to Lyman Spalding
Benjamin Waterhouse's position as a supplier of vaccine matter to American physicians is attested in this letter to a colleague, Lyman Spalding (1775-1821). Note that the letter also refers to Jenner's gift to Waterhouse of the silver snuffbox…
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