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Cholera Epidemics in the 19th Century

The Great Plague of London, 1665

The Boston Smallpox Epidemic, 1721

“Pestilence” and the Printed Books of the Late 15th Century

Spanish Influenza in North America, 1918–1919

Syphilis, 1494–1923

Tropical Diseases and the Construction of the Panama Canal, 1904–1914

Tuberculosis in Europe and North America, 1800–1922

The Yellow Fever Epidemic in Philadelphia, 1793

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James Jackson Papers

James Jackson (MD 1809, Harvard University) was an influential and highly respected physician who, with others, initiated reforms in the practice and teaching of medicine in North America. He was Hersey Professor of the Theory and Practice of Physic at Harvard Medical School from 1812 to 1836 and served as dean of the Medical School from 1820 to 1821. Jackson was involved in the introduction of smallpox vaccination in New England and was one of the founders of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

His full collection at the Countway Library contains correspondence with colleagues, friends, and family members concerning medical treatments, Harvard Medical School, business matters, and family affairs. The correspondence dating from 1831 to1833 between Jackson and his son, James Jackson, Jr., pertains to the son’s medical studies in Europe, including cases of cholera that he was studying in Paris and differences between French and American medicine. Additional materials include reports, notes, and letters of James Jackson, Sr., on topics such as brain disease and facial palsy; his notes on patients and other matters; business and financial accounts; certificates; diplomas; family memorabilia; and printed material.