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Box 3, Folder 2
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In the casebook, Rush provided brief histories for his treatment of about 75 individuals. Entries generally included the year, patient's name, presented medical issue, dates of treatment, prescriptions applied, pulses noted, and the progression or resolution of the problem. Rheumatism was the most common complaint, along with dropsy (edema), pneumonia, diarrhea, and mania. Among the other illnesses listed were palsy (paralysis), fever, typhus, epilepsy, consumption, scurvy, hydrothorax, swelled spleen, and hysteria.

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Brookshire was a physician, of Pekin (Montgomery Co.), N.C. Correspondence and other personal, business, and land papers, including ledgers, prescription books, bills and receipts. Many of the papers belonged to or relate to M. Benson Lassiter. Chief coverage is for 1860-1890. Includes letters from Brookshire's relatives in North Carolina giving information on farming and farm life during the early 1900s; and letters from family members who settled in Kansas and the Indian Territory of Oklahoma during the 1890s, regarding land claims. Other letters deal with teachers and teaching in North Carolina schools and academies of the 1880s, notably the Bingham School in Orange County and the Oakdale Academy at Oakdale.

Correspondence and other personal, business, and land papers of a physician of Gray's Cross Roads in Randolph County and of Pekin and Mt. Gilead in Montgomery County. There is some information on lands in Indian Territory during the 1890s and farm life in North Carolina during the early 1900s. The volumes include ledgers and other accounts, and a prescription book, which also contains a list of voters in Cheek's Creek Township, 1890. A few letters to Brookshire's son, Charles E. Brookshire, refer to education at the Bingham School in Orange County and Oakdale Academy in Oakdale, North Carolina, in the 1880s.

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Benjamin Waterhouse papers, 1782-1841 and undated 0.5 Linear Feet — Approx. 250 Items

U.S. physician; pioneer of vaccination in the U.S. Collection chiefly consists of photostatic copies of correspondence written to Waterhouse, and brings together material from various U. S. collections. Includes some original letters acquired by Duke University. The bulk of the material, correspondence and minutes of meetings of the Corporation of Harvard College, relates to vaccination and Waterhouse's removal from his Harvard professorship. Correspondents include: J. Warren, J.C. Warren, J. Jackson, J. Gorham, W. Jenks, J.R. Coxe, B. Lincoln, S. Williams, J. Sullivan, B. Silliman, J. Redman, W. Cogswell, J. Lathrop, J. Monroe, J. T. Kirkland, H. Dearborn, H.A.S. Dearborn, J. Tilton, J. Winthrop, T. Jefferson, D. Webster, J. Sparks, L. Cass, and R. Elton. Collection also includes photostatic copy of Waterhouse's 1794 journal describing a trip to Saratoga Springs. Forms part of the Trent Manuscripts Collection and was acquired as part of the History of Medicine Collections at Duke University.

Collection chiefly consists of photostatic copies of correspondence written by and to Benjamin Waterhouse, and brings together material from various U. S. collections. The copies seem to have been made in the 1940s. Includes some original letters acquired by Duke University. The bulk of the material, correspondence by and to Waterhouse, and minutes of meetings of the Corporation of Harvard College, relates to vaccination and other medical practice, and Waterhouse's removal from his Harvard professorship. Correspondents include: John Warren, J.C. Warren, James Jackson, John Gorham, William Jenks, John Redman Coxe, Benjamin Lincoln, Samuel Williams, James Sullivan, Benjamin Silliman, John Redman, William Cogswell, John Lathrop, James Monroe, J. T. Kirkland, Henry Dearborn, Henry Alexander Scammell Dearborn, James Winthrop, Thomas Jefferson, Daniel Webster, Jared Sparks, Lewis Cass, and Romeo Elton. Collection also includes photostatic copy of Waterhouse's 1794 journal describing a trip to Saratoga Springs. Materials arranged chronologically.

Transcriptions of some of the original correspondence are present. Forms part of the Trent Manuscripts Collection and was acquired as part of the History of Medicine Collections at Duke University.

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Charles Torrence Nesbitt papers, 1899-1947 and undated 2.5 Linear Feet — approximately 440 items

Physician and public health official, of Wilmington, North Carolina. Collection comprises correspondence, scrapbooks, photographs, and other papers, relating to Nesbitt's career, especially his service as superintendent of health (1911-1917) in Wilmington, N.C., and public health and sanitation in Wilmington. Includes an autobiographical account of Nesbitt's medical education at the University of Pennsylvania, Bellevue Medical College and Baltimore Medical College, and his experiences as a young physician, with references to early psychiatric practices, and political and social affairs and homosexuality in New York City during the 1880s. Physicians discussed in the memoir include Austin Flint, Jr., Edward Gamaliel Janeway, Frederick Peterson, George Reuling, and John Allen Wyeth. Correspondents include Rupert Blue, Albert Pike Bourland, Edward Hatch, Jr., Jacob Lott Ludlow, Angus Wilton McLean, Arthur Wilson Page, Walter Hines Page, Watson Smith Rankin, Leo L. Redding, Charles Wardell Stiles, Frank Porter Stockbridge, Henry Walters, and George Chandler Whipple.

Collection comprises correspondence, scrapbooks, photographs, and other papers, relating to Charles Torrence Nesbitt's career, especially his service as superintendent of health (1911-1917) in Wilmington, N.C., and public health and sanitation in Wilmington. Includes an autobiographical account of Nesbitt's medical education at the University of Pennsylvania, Bellevue Medical College (now New York University Medical Center) and Baltimore Medical College (now the University of Maryland School of Medicine), and his experiences as a young physician, with references to early psychiatric practices, and political and social affairs and homosexuality in New York City during the 1880s.

Physicians discussed in the memoir include Austin Flint, Jr., Edward Gamaliel Janeway, Frederick Peterson, George Reuling, and John Allen Wyeth. Correspondents include Rupert Blue, Albert Pike Bourland, Edward Hatch, Jr., Jacob Lott Ludlow, Angus Wilton McLean, Arthur Wilson Page, Walter Hines Page, Watson Smith Rankin, Leo L. Redding, Charles Wardell Stiles, Frank Porter Stockbridge, Henry Walters, and George Chandler Whipple.

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Ellis Hudson papers, 1922-1966 and undated 1.2 Linear Feet — 700 Items

American physician and syphilis researcher. Collection consists chiefly of correspondence, planning documents, patient case files, reports, maps, and related articles and other writings, chiefly dating from 1948-1952, deriving from Hudson's ground-breaking work during the 1950s on endemic syphilis in the Middle East, in the regions of modern-day Syria and Iraq. The collection also includes drafts of writings concerning the history and epidiemology of venereal and non-venereal syphilis in colonial-period Americas and in Europe. Additional papers and many photographs relating to Hudson and his work can be found in another Ellis Hudson collection in the Rubenstein Library, which is represented in the online catalog and finding aid. Forms part of the Trent Manuscripts Collection and was acquired by the History of Medicine Collections at Duke University.

Collection consists chiefly of research and planning materials deriving from Hudson's ground-breaking work during the 1950s on endemic syphilis in the Middle East, in the regions of modern-day Syria and Iraq. The "Bejel Project," as it was known, from a term for endemic syphilis, is documented through correspondence, planning documents, case files, reports, hand-drawn maps, and related articles and other writings. Most of the patients mentioned are only referred to by first names. The bulk of the material dates from 1948 to 1952, the lifespan of Hudson's project. The collection also includes drafts of writings concerning the history and epidemiology of venereal and non-venereal syphilis in colonial-period Americas and in Europe.

Forms part of the Trent Manuscripts Collection ans was acquired by the History of Medicine Collections at Duke University. Additional papers and many photographs relating to Hudson and his work can be found in another Ellis Hudson collection in the Rubenstein Library, which is represented in the online catalog and finding aid.

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F.L. Pleadwell papers, 1910-1953 and undated 0.3 Linear Feet — 186 Items

U.S. naval surgeon and medical historian. Pleadwell's correspondents include fellow military physicians and medical historians, who write on personal, professional and political matters. Correspondents of note include Arthur W. May, R.C. Munday, Charles Loomis Dana, William W. Keen, Charles Marsh Beadnell, Horace Manchester Brown, J. Chalmers Da Costa, Henry Barton Jacobs, Francis R. Packard, D'Arcy Power, Arturo Castiglioni, Fielding H. Garrison, and Henry E. Sigerist. A complete list of correspondents is available in the collection. Acquired as part of the History of Medicine Collections at Duke University.

Collection dates from 1910-1953 and are chiefly made up of letters sent to Pleadwell. Correspondents include fellow military physicians and medical historians, who write on personal, professional and political matters. Letters during the time of both World Wars mention his role in the Army in Europe in World War I, and events in Hawaii, where he lived, and Europe during World War II. Correspondents of note include Arthur W. May, R.C. Munday, Charles Loomis Dana, William W. Keen, Charles Marsh Beadnell, Horace Manchester Brown, J. Chalmers Da Costa, Henry Barton Jacobs, Francis R. Packard, D'Arcy Power, Arturo Castiglioni, Fielding H. Garrison, and Henry E. Sigerist. A complete list of correspondents is available in the collection.

Forms part of the Trent Manuscripts Collection and was acquired as part of the History of Medicine Collections at Duke University.

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3 letters (ALS), including a letter of reference, dated May 27, 1839, Edinburgh, for Dr. William Pirrie.

3 letters (ALS), including a letter of reference, dated May 27, 1839, Edinburgh, for Dr. William Pirrie.

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English physician and chemist. Letters from Bostock to Marcet, two letters from Marcet to Bostock, and a typed transcription of a few paragraphs from letters from 1816. The letters touch upon matters personal (e.g. Bostock's move from Liverpool to London) and professional. Includes references to many contemporary European physicians and scientists. Documents the typical research and administrative opportunities available to a British medical practitioner of the early nineteenth century. Forms part of the Trent Manuscripts and was acquired as part of the History of Medicine Collections at Duke University.

Collection dates from 1802 to 1822 and chiefly comprises letters from Bostock to Marcet, along with two letters from Marcet to Bostock, and a transcription of a few paragraphs from letters from 1816. The letters touch upon matters personal (e.g. Bostock's move from Liverpool to London) and professional. Includes references to many contemporary European physicians and scientists. The collection documents the typical research and administrative opportunities available to a British medical practitioner of the early nineteenth century. Forms part of the Trent Manuscripts Collection and was acquired as part of the History of Medicine Collections at Duke University.

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John Ridlon papers, 1846-1936 and undated 8.0 Linear Feet — 28 boxes; 2 oversize folders; 1 pamphlet binder

Physician, surgeon, and professor specializing in orthopedic medicine, practicing in New York State and Chicago, Illinois. Collection consists of medical case files and casebooks, articles and papers, correspondence, photographs, ephemera, diplomas, and medical illustrations dating chiefly from the 1890s-1920s, relating to Dr. John Ridlon's career and extensive research and writings on orthopedics. Case files - a large majority of them pediatric - include tubercular infection of the joints, scoliosis and other deformities, spondylitis (spinal arthritis), and limb or joint injuries. There are hundreds of illustrations in the form of medical case photographs and photographic prints of early X-rays. Accompanying the papers is a set of 118 black-and-white photographs taken during Ridlon's medical military training at a base in Plattsburgh, N.Y., and some during his service as a surgeon in the U.S. Army Medical Corps during World War I. Duplicate and similar images are found in glass plate and nitrate film negatives. A set of 49 glass lantern slides of his time in the WWI medical camp were used to illustrate lectures about his experiences; a reprint of the lecture text is in the collection. There are also a handful of photographic portraits of Ridlon. Correspondents include: R. Osgood, A. Steindler, P.D. Wilson, R.K. Ghormley, J.E. Goldthwait, A.B. Judson, R.W. Lovett, H.W. Orr, S.W. Mitchell, and H. Cushing. In addition to discussing medical cases and research, letters also document Ridlon's involvement with two charitable institutions: the Home for Destitute Crippled Children (Chicago) and the Country Home for Convalescent Children. Acquired as part of the History of Medicine Collections at Duke University.

This material, which documents John Ridlon's medical career, consists of medical case files, casebooks, articles and papers, correspondence, photographic materials, diplomas and ephemera, and medical illustrations, relating to Ridlon's research and writings on orthopedics. Case files - a large majority of them pediatric - include tubercular infection of the joints, scoliosis and other deformities, spondylitis (spinal arthritis), and limb or joint injuries. There are hundreds of medical illustrations in the form of photographs mounted on board, photographic prints of early X-rays, and printed illustrations on loose sheets that show patients, symptoms or deformities, and treatments such as surgery, braces and casts; many of them were used by Ridlon in his published works.

Among the bound volumes are six casebooks (1889-1892); four letterbooks (1873-1903); an autograph manuscript, "Some comments on the principles and practice of Hugh Owen Thomas" (undated); a scrapbook of figures and illustrations (undated); three volumes composed of reprint clippings and manuscript notes (undated); and a bound volume of 88 reprints (1888-1923). There are also many diplomas and certificates received by Ridlon from various educational institutions.

Correspondents include: R. Osgood, A. Steindler, P. D. Wilson, R. K. Ghormley, J. E. Goldthwait, A. B. Judson, R. W. Lovett, H. W. Orr, S. W. Mitchell, H. Cushing. In addition to discussing medical cases and research, letters also document Ridlon's involvement with two charitable institutions: the Home for Destitute Crippled Children (Chicago) and the Country Home for Convalescent Children.

Accompanying the professional papers is a set of 118 black-and-white photographs taken during Ridlon's service as a surgeon in the U.S. Army Medical Corps during World War I. The photos were taken by several photographers at a medico-military training camp in Plattsburgh, N.Y., around 1916. Ridlon reported on these experiences at a medical conference in 1917 and used a set of 67 glass lantern slides to illustrate the lecture, 49 of which survive in the collection; a reprint of this paper is also available in the collection.

In the same series there is a set of 30 glass plate negatives and still image nitrate film negatives; these materials are closed to use but contain duplicate or similar images found in the print photographs. Finally, there are several portraits of Ridlon, chiefly photographs taken in his office and examination room, taken in 1911. A glass plate negative with a bust portrait of Ridlon rounds out the photographic series.

The collection also contains several folders of ephemera, early professional diplomas and certificates, letters of recommendation for Ridlon's Chicago appointment in 1892, and his obituary.

Acquired as part of the History of Medicine Collections at Duke University.

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Matthias Spalding papers, 1801-1802 0.2 Linear Feet — 12 Items

American medical student in London. Papers generated during Spalding's stay in London include letters, a journal, lecture notes, and a printed advertisement for "Passage, packet and pleasure boats on the Grand Junction Canal." Correspondence from Edward Augustus Holyoke, Benjamin Waterhouse and Edward Jenner relate to Spalding's efforts to secure "vaccine matter" for both Holyoke and Waterhouse back in the United States. Spalding's journal includes a meticulous record of expenses, under various headings, e.g. "amusements", "barber", and "washing woman and shoe black". Spalding took notes on medical school lectures in London by William Babington (72 pp.), Henry Cline (113 pp.), Astley Cooper (20 and 112 pp.), Fox [?] (116 pp.) and John Haighton (176 pp.). Acquired as part of the History of Medicine Collections at Duke University.

Papers are dated from 1801-1802 and were generated during Spalding's stay in London. Materials include letters, a journal, lecture notes, and a printed advertisement for "Passage, packet and pleasure boats on the Grand Junction Canal." Correspondence from Edward Augustus Holyoke, Benjamin Waterhouse and Edward Jenner relate to Spalding's efforts to secure "vaccine matter" for both Holyoke and Waterhouse back in the United States. Spalding's journal includes a meticulous record of expenses, under various headings, e.g. "amusements," "barber," and "washing woman and shoe black." Spalding, who was a student at St. Thomas's Hospital, took notes on medical school lectures in London by William Babington (72 pp.), Henry Cline (113 pp.), Astley Cooper (20 and 112 pp.), Fox [?] (116 pp.) and John Haighton (176 pp.). Acquired as part of the History of Medicine Collections at Duke University.