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Papers of Abel Lawrence Peirson, 1812-1905 (inclusive), 1812-1866 (bulk)
Peirson, A.L. (Abel Lawrence), 1794-1853, creator
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[Cholera, ca. 1832. B MS c24.4 Provides access to page images of this portion of the collection.] 
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Countway Medicine
6 boxes.
mixed material
Bartlett, John Stephen , 1812-1840 ;  Bigelow, Jacob , 1786-1879 ;  Jackson, Charles T. (Charles Thomas) , 1805-1880 ;  Peirson, A.L. (Abel Lawrence) , 1794-1853 ;  Harvard Medical School -- Curricula ;  Massachusetts Medical Society. ;  Ether ;  Medicine -- Study and teaching ;  Anesthesia ;  Diseases ;  Alcoholism ;  Dissection

Medical Education and Practice

James Jackson, 1777-1867

Cholera Epidemics in the 19th Century

Contains correspondence pertaining to medical matters such as the use of ether, patients, and Dr. J.S. Bartlett's expulsion from the Massachusetts Medical Society; and some family correspondence. Also includes manuscripts of Peirson's lectures and writings, including several on temperance and alcoholism, and on the need for bodies for dissection; lecture and student notes from Harvard and abroad; and notes on patients he was treating; bills and receipts, account books (1844-1866) belonging to Abel and to his son Edward Brooks Peirson; and newspaper clippings.

Peirson (Harvard, M.D. 1816) was a surgeon in Essex County, Mass. and wrote the first published account of the use of ether in surgical operations outside of Massachusetts General Hospital. He received his B.A. from Harvard in 1812, then studied medicine with James Jackson, and attended Harvard Medical School. In 1832 he traveled in Europe, studying in Paris and elsewhere, and learning ascultation and other techniques. On his return to Salem, Mass. he specialized in surgery and was consultant to the Massachusetts General Hospital beginning in 1839. He edited the Medical Magazine (Boston), with J. B. Flint, Elisha Bartlett and A. A. Gould during its publication life, 1832-1835. He was killed in a train wreck at Norwalk, Conn. on May 6, 1853.

Papers of Abel Lawrence Peirson, 1812-1905. B MS c24.4. Boston Medical Library in the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, Harvard University, Boston, Mass.

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