Sarah H. Furber

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Title

Sarah H. Furber

Subject

Portraits
Furber, Sarah H., 1825-1848

Description

In 1848, after millworker Sarah H. Furber died following an abortion, physician John McNab (1783-1878) brought her body to Boston and offered to sell it to Holmes as a subject for dissection at the Medical School. The offer was refused, but Holmes and J. B. S. Jackson were subsequently asked to make a postmortem examination of the body, and Holmes was called in to testify during the course of the McNab trial. The Medical School’s steward, Ephraim Littlefield, was examined about his role in the McNab incident. Both Holmes and Littlefield were also called to the witness stand during the infamous murder trial of Dr. John White Webster in 1850.

John McNab later went on to be president of the White Mountain Medical Society and the New Hampshire Medical Society.

Abstract

Drawing of Sarah H. Furber from The Manchester tragedy : a sketch of the life and death of Miss Sarah H. Furber, and the trial of her seducer and murderer

Creator

Carroll, George

Publisher

Fisk & Moore

Date Created

1848

Rights

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Access Rights

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Is Part Of

Boston Medical Library Rare Books Collection (RA1067.C31 1848)

Format

image

Extent

1 portrait

Type

still image

Identifier

DigID0002128

Provenance

Purchased for the Boston Medical Library, 2009

Files

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Citation

Carroll, George, “Sarah H. Furber,” OnView, accessed February 22, 2024, https://collections.countway.harvard.edu/onview/items/show/6268.

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