William Heberden papers, 1740-1786 (inclusive)

About this Collection

Heberden, William , 1710-1801
Manuscripts (document genre)Clippings (information artifacts)Correspondence.Lectures.
Collection Title
William Heberden papers, 1740-1786 (inclusive)
.13 cubic feet in 1 flat storage box.
Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine

Content Notes

The William Heberden papers, 1740-1786 (inclusive), contain manuscripts by English physician William Heberden (1710-1801) about the use of amulets and magic in medicine, a lecture on the medicinal uses of plants, and notes and prescriptions. Also includes correspondence addressed to Heberden from Stephen Hales, who reports his successful use of ventilators on ships and discusses the evils of strong liquor; a few letters of others concerning cure for bladder stones; obituaries; and a report.
  • Papers are in English.

Biographical Notes

William Heberden (1710-1801), M.D., St. John's College, Cambridge, was an English physician. After graduating from Cambridge, he studied at a London hospital and taught medicine at the college, lecturing in materia medica. He was a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (1746), a member of the Royal Society, and an honorary member of the Royal Society of Medicine, Paris. He practiced medicine for over thirty years in London and wrote detailed notes on his cases, which formed the basis for his "Commentaries on the History and Cure of Diseases," published posthumously by his son William Heberden the Younger (1767–1845). "Commentaries" contain his original descriptions of angina pectoris and chicken pox; Heberden's account of angina led to its recognition as a distinct disease.