John Hanson Briscoe papers
Held at: University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts [Contact Us]3420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6206
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Dr. John Hanson Briscoe was an American doctor and veteran. He was born in 1789 and grew up in Laureetum, a family estate located in Chaptico, St. Mary's County, Maryland. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Medical School in 1811 and served as a captain in the Maryland Militia in the War of 1812, after which he practiced medicine in St. Mary's County and Baltimore, Maryland. He served as Consulting Physician for the Baltimore Board of Health from 1836-1839. Briscoe died in Baltimore in 1855.
Sheads, Nancy (2018) "John Hanson Briscoe," Medicine in Maryland, 1752-1920. Accessed April 7, 2020. https://mdhistoryonline.net/2018/06/02/md1418/
Schmitt, James. (2019) "John Hanson Briscoe (1752-1796), MSA SC 3520-18228" Archives of Maryland (Biographical Series), Accessed April 7, 2020. https://msa.maryland.gov/megafile/msa/speccol/sc3500/sc3520/018200/018228/html/18228bio.html
This collection consists of 11 volumes plus 30 leaves of lecture notes taken by John Hanson Briscoe while a student at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Department, from 1808 to 1811. Included are lecture notes from courses taught by Benjamin Rush on therapeutics, and courses taught by Benjamin Smith Barton, Philip Syng Physick, John Redman Coxe and others. The volumes also include Briscoe's admissions cards to University of Pennsylvania medical lectures, from 1808 to 1810 (19 items), and two drafts of Briscoe's 1811 dissertation on tetanus. There is a second set of admissions cards, dating from 1838 to 1839 (19 items) for a John Briscoe and two notices for examinations passed by the younger Briscoe in 1841.
This collection also includes 4 letters from John F. Christian of New Kent, Maryland to John Hanson Briscoe, dating from 1810 to 1813, discussing medical cases and family and personal matters, as well as letters from L[amont?] Fee, F.K. Rogers, and Charles F. Snyder.
Gifts of Earl L. Jackson, Jr. (Charles Town, W. Va.), 2002 and 2004.
- University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
- Finding Aid Author
- Sam Allingham (collection processed before 2013)
- Finding Aid Date
- 2020 June 19
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This collection is open for research use.
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