John Collins Warren correspondence
Call Number: Ms Coll 15
Scope and Contents
Most of the collection consists of autograph letters by prominent physicians and scientists in America to Warren. A few are from abroad. There is one letter from his son, John Warren. Two letters are written by Warren. One is an autograph copy of a letter by Warren to David Hosack, and the other is a letter to Philip Syng Physick, purchased and added to the collection by the Library.
Conditions Governing Access
The materials are open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
The letters are in the public domain.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Harvey Cushing, except for one letter purchased by the Library on the Henrietta Perkins Fund.
Arranged alphabetically by author of letter. Two folders were added in 2015 and placed at the end. The provenance is the same as the other letters.
0.25 Linear Feet (1 box, 39 items)
Language of Materials
Most of the collection consists of autograph letters by prominent physicians and scientists in America and abroad to John Collins Warren, surgeon and naturalist. Two letters are by Warren.
Biographical / Historical
John Collins Warren, surgeon and naturalist, was born in Boston in 1778, the son of Harvard physician John Warren and Abigail (Collins) Warren. He graduated from Harvard College in 1797 and began the study of medicine with his father. From 1799 to 1802 he studied medicine in Paris and London. When he returned, he went into practice with his father. In 1809, Warren became adjunct professor in anatomy and surgery at Harvard Medical School and in 1815 succeeded his father as professor, a position he held until 1847. He became the outstanding American surgeon of his day and has become especially known for his role as surgeon in the first public demonstration of ether anesthesia at Massachusetts General Hospital in 1846. In addition to his medical writings, he was active as a naturalist and comparative anatomist and served for many years as president of the Boston Society of Natural History. His many medical specimens formed the basis of the Warren Museum at Harvard Medical School. Warren died in 1856.
Given by Warren's grandson, John Collins Warren, 1842-1927, to Harvey Cushing.
- Académie royale des sciences (France)
- Agassiz, Louis, 1807-1873
- Anatomy, Comparative
- Barrett, Benjamin
- Beaumont, William R. (William Rawlins), 1803-1875
- Binney, Horace, 1780-1875
- Boston Society of Natural History
- Bowditch, Henry I. (Henry Ingersoll), 1808-1892
- Bowditch, N. I. (Nathaniel Ingersoll), 1805-1861
- Chassaignac, E. (Édouard), 1804-1879
- Cooper, Astley, Sir, 1768-1841
- Cushing, Caleb, 1800-1879
- Dana, James Dwight, 1813-1895
- Drake, Daniel, 1785-1852
- Everett, Edward, 1794-1865
- Faraday, Michael, 1791-1867
- Gray, Asa, 1810-1888
- Harvard College (1780- )
- Harvard Medical School
- Hayward, George, 1791-1863
- Henry, Joseph, 1797-1878
- Holmes, Oliver Wendell, 1809-1894
- Hosack, David, 1769-1835
- Jackson, J. B. S. (John Barnard Swett), 1806-1879
- Jackson, James, 1777-1867
- Massachusetts Medical Society
- Medicine -- Massachusetts
- Medicine -- Practice
- Natural history
- Physick, Philip Syng, 1768-1837
- Prescott, William Hickling, 1796-1859
- Science -- United States
- Silliman, Benjamin, 1816-1885
- Smith, Nathaniel, Dr.
- Smith, Stephen, 1823-1922
- Sparks, Jared, 1789-1866
- Warren, John Collins, 1778-1856
- Wyman, Jeffries, 1814-1874
- Yandell, Lunsford P. (Lunsford Pitts), 1805-1878
- Guide to the John Collins Warren correspondence
- Todd A. Lane and Toby A. Appel
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.