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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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Lyman Spalding Papers

Lyman Spalding (MD 1797, Harvard University) practiced medicine in New Hampshire and New York in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. He was noted for his work in smallpox vaccination, the treatment of yellow fever, and the study of anatomy. Spalding taught chemistry at Dartmouth Medical School and Fairfield Medical School for several years. He founded the Pharmacopoeia of the United States of America.

The full collection at the Countway Library contains letters, lecture notes, and several manuscripts for lectures on human anatomy, surgery, and other subjects. A casebook includes the diagnosis and treatment of Spalding’s medical and surgical cases. In addition, the collection contains manuscripts for essays on meteorites, meteorology, and fevers; an 1813 address on the history of medicine; and other documents, such as admission cards to lectures. The letters, one of which is noted below, are principally to Spalding from other physicians, including Edward Jenner; the letters discuss vaccination and other matters.