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B MS c14

Cushing, Ezekiel Dodge, 1790-1828. Papers, 1799-1829 (inclusive), undated: Finding Aid.

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Preservation and description was supported by the Arcadia-funded Colonial North American Project at Harvard University.

Descriptive Summary

Call No.: B MS c14
Repository: Center for the History of Medicine (Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine)
Creator: Cushing, Ezekiel Dodge, 1790-1828.
Title: Ezekiel Dodge Cushing papers,
Date(s): 1799-1829 (inclusive), undated.
Quantity: 0.23 cubic feet (1 flat storage box)
Language of materials: Papers are in English.
Abstract: The Ezekiel Dodge Cushing papers, 1799-1828 (inclusive), undated, consist primarily of correspondence from Ezekiel Dodge Cushing (1790-1828), a Boston physician, to his parents, Mehetable and Nathaniel Cushing, and his sister Mehetable, regarding his studies at Harvard College and Dartmouth Medical School, his medical practice, family matters, and politics. It also contains legal and financial documents including Cushing's Harvard quarter bills, and documents related to his estate. There is additionally undated, unattributed genealogical information on the Cushing family.

Processing Information:

Processed by Brooke McManus, 2015 December.
Processing staff in the Center for the History of Medicine analyzed, arranged, and described the papers, and created a finding aid to improve access in 2015. The collection was described in a card catalog at an earlier date; folder titles, as previously devised by staff, were retained.
Please note that the following abbreviations have been used: "A.D.s." for autographed document; "A.L.s." for autographed letter signed; "A.N.s." for autographed note signed; and "MS.D.s." for manuscript document signed; "P.D." for printed document; and "P.D.s." for printed document signed.

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Preferred Citation:

Ezekiel Dodge Cushing papers, 1799-1829 (inclusive), undated. B MS c14. Boston Medical Library, Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, Boston, Mass.

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Biographical Note

Ezekiel Dodge Cushing (1790-1828), A.B., Harvard College, Cambridge, Massachusetts, M.D., Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, New Hampshire, was a physician practicing in Boston. He was a member of the Massachusetts Medical Society from 1819 until his death.
Ezekiel Dodge Cushing was born in Pembroke, Massachusetts, on 2 January 1790 to Mehetable Dodge (1763-1845) and Nathaniel Cushing (1762-1827). His father was a partner in the ironworks firm of Freeman & Cushing. His uncle, Ezekiel Goddard Dodge (1765-1819), was also a physician. After graduating Harvard College in 1808, he matriculated at Dartmouth Medical School, receiving his M.D. in 1811. While there he lived and practiced medicine with Dartmouth Medical School founder Nathan Smith (1762-1829). Following graduation from Dartmouth, Cushing attended medical lectures in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and studied overseas, first at St. Thomas Hospital, London, then at the Paris Hospital. He returned to the United States in 1814 and established his medical practice in Boston.
Cushing married Delia Sawyer (1798-1870) in 1815, and they had five children who survived to adulthood: Polly Cushing Ricketson (1816-1872), Nathaniel (1818-1864), Delia Cushing Cushman (born 1820), Lucy Cushing West (1824-1899), and Ellen Cushing Mair (1828-circa 1861). He died on 5 April 1828, in Hanson, Massachusetts.

Series in the Collection

Scope and Content

The Ezekiel Dodge Cushing papers, 1799-1828 (inclusive), undated, consist primarily of correspondence from Ezekiel Dodge Cushing (1790-1828), a Boston physician, to his parents, Mehetable and Nathaniel Cushing, and his sister Mehetable, regarding his studies at Harvard College and Dartmouth Medical School, his medical practice, family matters, and politics. It also contains legal and financial documents including Cushing's Harvard quarter bills, and documents related to his estate. There is additionally undated, unattributed genealogical information on the Cushing family.
Papers are entirely in English.

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Anatomy -- Study and teaching -- New Hamphsire -- 19th century.
Grave robbing -- New Hampshire -- History -- 19th century.
Family life -- Massachusetts -- History -- 19th century.
Materia medica.
Medicine -- Massachusetts -- History -- 19th century.
Medicine -- Study and teaching -- New Hamphsire -- 19th century.
Medical care -- Massachusetts -- History -- 19th century.
Physicians -- Massachusetts -- History -- 19th century.
Physicians, Training of.
Anatomy -- education.
Delivery of Healthcare -- history.
Dissection -- history.
Education, Medical.
History of Medicine.
Materia Medica -- history.
Patient Care -- history.
Boston (Mass.).
Hanover (N.H.).
London (England).
Pembroke (Mass.).
United States -- History -- War of 1812.
United States -- Politics and government -- 19th century.
Correspondence.
Invoices.
Legal documents.
Receipts (financial records).
Physicians.
Allyn, John, 1767-1833.
Cushing, Ezekiel Dodge, 1790-1828.
Cushing, Mehetable, 1792-1842.
Cushing, Mehetable Dodge, 1763-1845.
Cushing, Nathaniel, 1730-1827.
Estabrook, Nathaniel Cushing.
Pearson, Eliphalet, 1752-1826
Sanger, Zedekiah, 1748-1820.
Smith, Nathan, 1762-1829.
Webber, Samuel, 1759-1810.
Dartmouth Medical School -- Students.
Harvard University.
Harvard University -- Students.
Hospital of St. John (London, England).

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