Oliver Wendell Holmes

Edited by Eleanor M. Tilton

"The largest of the Howe collections is built around one of the most productive, popular, and multi-faceted geniuses of his time. In 1843 young Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes, anticipating I.P. Semmelweiss by four years, published his essay on The Contagiousness of Puerperal Fever, the demonstration of which is said to have saved more women's lives than any other medical advance of the century; he was one of the first to recognize the validity of anesthesia, a word he himself coined ...
But above all, he was a literary figure whose popularity dominated the American scene for a lifetime."
Contains: 420 printed titles; 53 manuscripts.
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