Anatomical lecture notes and medical bills of John Warren, 1782-1802 (inclusive)

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Content Notes

Contains one page of lecture notes on anatomy, possibly delivered at Harvard Medical School in 1783 by John Warren (1753-1812); a receipted medical bill for rendered to Aaron Symonds for services to his family including administration of medicines and smallpox inoculation from 1782-1793; a receipted medical bill rendered to George Watson for services to his family in 1797, including delivering his wife; and a fascimile of a certificate of attendance to anatomical lectures of John Warren in Boston, issued to Israel Keith in 1782.

Biographical Notes

John Warren (1753-1815), A.B., honorary M.D., Harvard College, Cambridge, Massachusetts, was a physician and founder of Harvard Medical School in 1782. After graduating Harvard in 1771, he studied medicine with his brother Joseph Warren (1741-1775) and with Edward Augustus Holyoke (1728-1829) in Salem, Massachusetts. After the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War, Warren served as a surgeon in the Continental Army. In 1780, Warren delivered a private course of anatomical lectures on human dissection to colleagues. A second series, sponsored by the Boston Medical Society during the autumn and winter of 1781, drew some Harvard College students, as did a third. As a result, the president of Harvard asked Warren to organize a plan of medical study. He was thereafter appointed professor of anatomy and surgery at Harvard, becoming the first member of the medical school faculty in 1782. From 1791 until his death, he held a position as Hersey Professor of Anatomy and Surgery at Harvard Medical School, and throughout his career was associated with the school and with Massachusetts General Hospital. Warren was also one of the founders of the Massachusetts Medical Society (1781) and belonged to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Humane Society of Massachusetts.