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Cotton Tufts papers, 1757-1805 (inclusive)
Tufts, Cotton, 1732-1815, creator
Warren, Joseph, 1741-1775, correspondent.
Tufts, Turell, 1769-1797, correspondent.
Tufts, Simon, 1769-1797, correspondent.
Tufts, Simon, correspondent.
Tufts, Cotton, 1732-1815, correspondent.
Gannett, Caleb, 1745-1818, correspondent.
Appleton, Nathaniel Walker, 1755-1795, correspondent.
Adams, Thomas Boylston, 1772-1832, correspondent.
Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine
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Weymouth (Mass.) ;  Newburyport (Mass.) ;  Boston (Mass.) ;  Medicine ;  Medicine -- Societies, etc ;  Tufts, Cotton , 1732-1815 ;  Cranch, Richard , 1726-1811 ;  Holyoke, Edward Augustus , 1728-1829 ;  Jenner, Edward , 1749-1823 ;  Rand, Isaac , 1743-1822 ;  American Academy of Arts and Sciences. ;  Massachusetts Medical Society. ;  Diseases -- Treatment ;  Measles ;  Medical care -- Massachusetts -- History -- 18th century ;  Medical laws and legislation ;  Medicine -- Massachusetts -- History -- 18th century ;  Patients ;  Physicians' writings ;  Smallpox -- Vaccination -- History -- 19th century ;  Vaccination ;  Cattle Diseases ;  History of Medicine ;  Materia Medica -- history ;  Medical Records ;  Smallpox -- history ;  Smallpox -- prevention & control ;  Societies, Medical ;  Vaccination ;  Physicians

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The Cotton Tufts papers, 1751-1805 (inclusive), consist of the correspondence of physician Cotton Tufts (1732-1815) with his older brother, Simon Tufts (1726/7-1786), and other physicians, regarding medical matters, and the founding of a medical society in Massachusetts. Letters to Tufts pertain to the organization of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a meeting in 1785 of the Massachusetts Medical Society, among other topics. Also includes manuscripts by Tufts and a fragment of Tufts' medical journal from his practice in Weymouth, Massachusetts.

Cotton Tufts (1732-1815), A.B., 1749, honorary M.D., 1785, Harvard College, Cambridge, Massachusetts, studied medicine with his older brother, Simon Tufts (1727-1786), in Medford, Massachusetts, and later established his own practice in Weymouth, Massachusetts. In 1780, he was one of the incorporators of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and he was later a delegate to the Massachusetts convention on the United States Constitution. Tufts was also an incorporator of the Massachusetts Medical Society in 1781, and served as its fourth president (1787-1795).

Papers are in English.

Cotton Tufts papers, 1757-1805 (inclusive). B MS c30. Boston Medical Library in the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, Harvard University, Boston, Mass.

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