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The American Philosophical Society

P. Fumagalli, View of the New Market from the Corner of Shippen and Second Street, ca.1787. (print).

John Gottlieb E. Heckewelder, Names of various trees, shrubs & plants in the language of the Lenape. 1815.

Reuben Haines. Catharine Haines, Notebook. 1776 (ms.coll.52, series III: Haines, Reuben [I or II]).

Pages: 1–10, 11–20, 21–32.

Benjamin Rush, An Oration, delivered February 4, 1774, before the American Philosophical Society, held at Philadelphia. Containing, an enquiry into the natural history of medicine among the Indians in North-America. 1774.

Benjamin Smith Barton; drawings, notes, and a poem.

The College of Physicians

[follow link for Birch depiction]

Etienne Pariset, Observations sur la fievre jaune, faites a Cadix, en 1819.

Elizabeth Coates Paschall, Receipt Book.

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania 

Benjamin Rush. Letters from James Durham to Benjamin Rush

Benjamin Rush. Testimony about Durham’s expertise to the Pennsylvania Abolition Society, November 14, 1788.

The Library Company of Philadelphia

[follow link for 1772 Dr. Sanxay advertisement]

Advertisement: Dr. Sanxay’s Medicines, Pennsylvania Packet no. 22, March 23, 1772.

[follow link for 1772 Anderton advertisement]

Advertisement: Thomas Anderton, Venereal Disease, Pennsylvania Packet no. 22, March 23, 1772.

[follow link for 1772 Hill advertisement]

Advertisement: Dr. Hill’s American Balsalm, Pennsylvania Packet no. 21, March 16, 1772.

[follow link for Gris-Gris]

Gris-Gris (DuSimitiere papers).

[follow link for Smellie's Anatomical Tables]

William Smellie. A Set of Anatomical Tables. 1793.

The University of Pennsylvania Rare Books and Manuscripts

[follow link for Benjamin Materia Medica]

Benjamin Smith Barton, M.D., Collections for an Essay Towards a Materia Medica of the United States. 1798.

Pages: i–vii, 1–7, 35–45.

[follow link for Medical Botany]

William Paul Crillon Barton, M.D., Vegetable Material Medica of the United States; or Medical Botany...Illustrated by Coloured Engravings, made after original drawings from nature, done by the author. 1817.

Pages: ix–xv.

Tables: 1–9, 11–20, 21–30, 31–40, 41–50.

William Buchan. Domestic Medicine: Or, A Treatise on the Prevention and Cure of Diseases by Regimen and Simple Medicines with An APPENDIX, containing a Dispensatory for the use of Private Practitioners. Philadelphia, 1793.

Pages: i–vii, ix–xviii, xix–xxxi.

William P. Dewees. A Compendious System of Midwifery, Chiefly Designed to Facilitate the Inquiries of Those Who May be Pursuing this Branch of Study… 8th ed., 1837.

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