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    Medical Archive with Handwritten Journal (1837). George H. Young, M. D., (1817-91).

    1) Medical Journal (1837) entitled Tully's Classification of Meteria Medica by George H. Young, August 21st, 1837, 122 pages, 6.5" x 8", one page missing, 4 pages torn, age-toned, some tape repair to several pages, o/w very good condition, with all writing dark, clear, and legibly penned. Marbled cover is worn, edges bumped, but all pages intact. Note pasted to cover states: "Notebook used in 1837 by George H. Young, Sr." On pages 5, the twenty year old medical student, George H. Young, offers these criteria for use of his journal: Knowledge is power: Read slowly, pause frequently, think seriously, keep cleanly, return only with the corners not turned down. George H. Young. Vermont Medical School. Castleton. Fall term 1837.

    2) Photograph of Geo. H.. Young, b/w, cabinet card-sized (4.75" x 6.5" - unmounted), signed in lower margin.

    3) Photograph, full front, of an elderly Dr. George H. Young, 3.5" x 4", unsigned.

    4) Memorial card: "Dr. G. H. Young, Died Dec. 28, 1891, Aged 74 Years." 4.75" x 6.5". Ornate; printed gold on black cabinet card. Backstamp of "C.S. Utter & Co., 155 Randolph St., Chicago.

    5) Color snapshot of a church. This photograph was found inside the front cover of the journal, and is unidentified. Worthy of research.

    William Tully, the only child of William and Eunice Tully, was born at Saybrook Point, Conn, Feb. 18, 1785, and was descended from John Tully who came from England in 1747. Young Tally early manifested a taste for books. In September 1802, after what he himself termed "an exceedingly defective preparation," he entered the Freshman class at Yale, where he was graduated four years later. Throughout his life he deplored his ignorance of arithmetic and mathematics, branches which were totally neglected in his preliminary education.

    For three or four years after graduation Mr. Tully spent his time in teaching and in studying medicine, taking, during that time, two courses of lectures under the celebrated Nathan Smith, M. D., at Dartmouth College. In March 1810, he entered the office of Dr. Ives, of New Haven, where he gave much attention to botany, a science in which he afterward became an authority. In the following October, he was licensed by the Connecticut Medical Society to practice medicine and surgery, and in 1819, Yale College conferred upon him the honorary degree of M. D.

    After practicing successfully in Enfield, Milford, and Middletown Upper Houses, Dr. Tully finally removed in September 1818, to Middletown, where he became the intimate friend of the late Thomas Miner, M. D. The two published, in 1823, a joint volume entitled Essays on Fevers and other Medical Subjects. The book, written throughout with great ability, contained new and startling opinions, and dealt unceremoniously with the cherished prejudices and practices of the profession. It maintained that the fevers of the day had decidedly typhoid tendencies; that anti-phlogistic and reducing measures were contra-indicated, and that a free use of stimulants was required. The work was extensively read, and opinions as to its merits were widely divided. It opened a controversy that lasted several years, and as this was not always conducted in the most tolerant spirit, it engendered against the authors a prejudice which neither survived.

    In 1824, D. Tully was appointed professor of Theory and Practice in the Vermont Academy of Medicine, Castleton, where he afterward discharged the additional duties of lecturer on Materia Medica and Therapeutics, a position which he held until 1838. In 1839, he succeeded Eli Ives, M. D. as Professor of Materia Medica and Therapeutics at Yale College, and the following year he removed to New Haven, the different periods of the at which the terms were held enabling him to continue his lectures at Castleton. In 1833, he refused a professorship in the Medical College of South Carolina.

    Dr. Tully's last course of lectures was delivered in New Haven in winter of 1840 - 41. Ten years later, he removed to Springfield, Massachusetts, where he died February 28, 1859.

    Among Dr. Tully's valuable contributions to medical literature may be mentioned his "Medical Prize Essay" on Sanguinaria Canadensis, published in the American Medical Recorder for 1828, and "Results of Experiments and Observations on Narcotine and Sulphate of Morphine," published in Silliman's Journal, January 1832. These, like all his other works, are characterized by thorough and elaborate scholarship, and original observation. But his greatest work, published during his residence in Springfield, is to be found in two large volumes entitled, Materia Medica, or Pharmacology and Therapeutics. It is a monument to the industry, learning, and ability of the writer, and contains sufficient material to furnish capital for a score of ordinary authors. He also assisted Dr. Webster and Professor Goodrich in the scientific department of their dictionary, furnishing the definitions of the terms of anatomy, physiology, medicine, botany, and some other branches of natural history. All of Dr. Tully's knowledge was singularly minute and accurate. He was, doubtless, the most learned and thoroughly scientific physician in New England.

    A fascinating archive from an early American medical student.Accompanied by LOA from PSA/DNA.

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