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 Title:  George B. (George Bacon) Wood papers, 1815-1913     
 Dates:  1815-1913 
 Abstract:  The George Bacon Wood collection consists primarily of correspondence from George Wood to J.B. Lippincott. Some of the letters are co-signed by Franklin Bache. All of the letters date from 1860 onwards. The only early American materials are various diplomas and certificates from the 1810s and 1820s for Wood. These include a diploma from the University of Pennsylvania and the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, and various certificates from places like the Philomathean Society at Penn and medical societies.

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 Call #:  Mss.B.W84 
 Extent:  30 item(s) 
 Topics:  Beyond Early America | Medicine 
 Genre:  Educational Material | Institutional Records 
 Subjects:  Medicine. | Pharmacology. 
2Author:  Taylor, Robert Eveleigh.Requires cookie*
 Title:  An inaugural disputation, concerning the varieties of the human race, July 1800, 1830     
 Dates:  1830 
 Abstract:  This volume contains a manuscript copy of John Taylor's dissertation titled "An inaugural disputation, concerning the varieties of the human race." Taylor delivered this lecture at the University of Edinburgh in July 1800 to fulfill one of the requirements for a medical degree. The essay touches on many of the prominent theories about racial differences then circulating in the Atlantic World. Taylor, for instance, discusses the influence of climate on the different races and how geography affects the health.

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 Call #:  Mss.572.2.T2li.b 
 Extent:  1 volume(s) 
 Topics:  African American | Beyond Early America | Medicine 
 Genre:  Dissertations | Educational Material | Manuscript Essays | Scientific Data 
 Subjects:  Blacks. | Race. 
3Author:  Bruno, M. deRequires cookie*
 Title:  Essai metaphysique, physique et phisiologistique relativement à la découverte de M. Mesmer, 1786     
 Dates:  1786 
 Abstract:  This is a handwritten essay on Franz Mesmer and his claims to have healing and other metaphysical powers. Mesmer is today thought of as an early user of hypnosis. Throughout the 1770s and 1780s, he captivated French society. Marie Antoinette was particularly interested in his abilities. Finally, King Louis convened a scientific body in 1784 to examine the claims of Mesmer and his disciples. Benjamin Franklin, still in France as an American envoy, headed the committee, which debunked Mesmerism. The report can be found in the Papers of Benjamin Franklin and in the Diary of Benjamin Franklin Bache, both of which are at the APS.

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 Call #:  Mss.134.B83 
 Extent:  1 volume(s) 
 Topics:  Beyond Early America | Medicine | Natural history | Science and technology 
 Genre:  Manuscript Essays 
 Subjects:  Animal magnetism. | Hypnotism. | Mesmerism.