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B MS c50

Hartshorn, John Denison (1736-1756). Papers, 1754-1786 (inclusive), undated: Finding Aid

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: B MS c50
Repository: Center for the History of Medicine (Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine)
Creator: Hartshorn, John Denison, 1736-1756.
Title: John Denison Hartshorn papers,
Date(s): 1754-1786 (inclusive), undated.
Quantity: 0.28 cubic feet (1 flat storage box)
Language of materials: Papers are inEnglish.
Abstract: The John Denison Hartshorn papers, 1754-1786 (inclusive), undated, contain medical notes and patient cases recorded by John Denison Hartshorn (1736-1756) while he was apprenticed to Boston physician and apothecary shop owner Silvester Gardiner (1708-1786), in addition to poetry written by Hartshorn. There is also some correspondence and papers of other physicians and associates of Hartshorn and Gardiner.

Processing Information:

Processed by BrookeMcManus, 2016 January.
Processing staff in the Center forthe History of Medicine analyzed, arranged, and described the papers, and created a finding aid to improve access in 2016. The collection was described in a card catalog at an earlier date; the folder titles, as previously devised by staff, were retained.
Please note that the following abbreviations have been used: "A.L.s." for autographed letter signed; "A.MS.D." for autographed manuscript document; "A.MS.D.s." for autographed manuscript document signed; "A.MS." for autographed manuscript; "A.MS.s." for autographed manuscript signed; and "MS.D.s." for manuscript document signed; "MS.L." for manuscript letter; and "P.D." for printed document.

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Preferred Citation:

John Denison Hartshorn papers, 1754-1786(inclusive), undated. B MS c50. Boston Medical Library, Francis A. CountwayLibrary of Medicine, Boston, Mass.

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Biographical Note

John Denison Hartshorn (1736-1752) was born in Concord, Massachusetts, in 1736. His father, Ebenezer Hartshorn, was a physician in Concord, and his older brother Ebenezer also became a physician. Hartshorn was apprenticed to Boston physician andapothecary shop owner Silvester Gardiner (1708-1786) in 1752, during which time he boarded with the Gardiner family and fellow apprentices. He died in 1756 of an unknown illness before his medical training was completed.
Hartshorn maintained a journal containing daily entries chronicling his life as a medical apprentice, which was published in 1929 in the Bulletin of the Medical Library Association.

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Scope and Content

The John Denison Hartshorn papers, 1754-1786 (inclusive), undated, contain medical notes and patient cases recorded by John Denison Hartshorn (1736-1756) while he was apprenticed to Boston physician andapothecary shop owner Silvester Gardiner (1708-1786), in addition to poetry written by Hartshorn. There is also some correspondence and papers of other physicians and associates of Hartshorn and Gardiner.
Hartshorn's medical writings consist of recipes for pharmaceuticals, descriptions of patient cases and operations, such as a lithotomy, notes from medical textbooks, and inventories of medicines and instruments owned by other physicians, in addition to medicines that were sent with the British army during the French and Indian War.
There are also a number of poems written by Hartshorn on varioustopics, including a copy of a poem he composed about his apprenticeship,transcribed by his brother.
The papers and correspondence of others consist of letters between physicians, including correspondence to Gardiner and Hartshorn's brother Ebenezer, regarding patient cases and treatment, and amanuscript outlining a plan of study by William Jepson, a fellow apprentice to Gardiner. There is also a verse addressed to Ebenezer Hartshorn from N. Gardiner, an unsigned manuscript on smallpox, an unsigned poem on the eye, and a blank health certificate for sailors issued by the British government.
Papers are entirely in English.

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Anatomy -- Study and teaching-- 18th century.
Apprentices -- New England --History -- 18th century.
Lithotomy.
Materia medica --Study and teaching.
Medical care -- Massachusetts --18th century.
Medical Records.
Medicine -- Formulae, receipts, prescriptions.
Medicine -- Study and teaching --Massachusetts -- 18th century.
Medicine -- Massachusetts -- 18th century.
Poetry.
Anatomy -- education.
Delivery of Healthcare -- history.
Education, Medical.
History of Medicine.
Materia Medica -- history.
Patient Care -- history.
Pharmaceutical Preparations.
Boston (Mass.).
United States -- History -- French and Indian War, 1755-1763 -- Medical care.
Certificates.
Correspondence.
Inventories.
Medical records.
Poetry.
Physicians.
Frink, John, 1731-1807.
Gardiner, Silvester, 1708-1786.
Hartshorn, Ebenezer, b.1741.
Hartshorn, John Denison, 1736-1756.
Haskell, Abraham, 1746-1834.
Jepson, William, 1733-1783.
Stockbridge, Benjamin.

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