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William Addison Shelly notebook

Ms. Codex 1862

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Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Creator:
Shelly, W. A., (William Addison), 1818-1863
Title:
William Addison Shelly notebook
Date:
1835
Call Number:
Ms. Codex 1862
Extent:
1 volume
Language:
English
Abstract:
A notebook consisting of medical vocabulary written and compiled by W. A. Shelly in 1835 probably as a study guide for medical school.
Cite as:
William Addison Shelly notebook, 1835, Ms. Codex 1862, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania
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Biography/History

Born in Lititz, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania to Jacob and Mary Margaret Shelly. William A. Shelly attended the Lititz Academy for Boys. He later attended the University of Pennsylvania and received his M.D. in 1840. Shelly was a practicing physician in Lancaster County. He married Thamar S. and they had at least five children.

Scope and Contents

A slim ruled notebook with yellow covers and printed design. This notebook consisting of medical vocabulary was written by W. A. Shelly in 1835 probably as a study guide for medical school. Entries listed in the volume are mostly in Latin and consist terms regarding medicinal remedies, plants, some ailments and diseases. Following each entry is a definition or explanation written in English. The notes cover medical problems ranging from arthritis to elephantiasis to vertigo. Examples of botanical entries include medicinal uses for belladonna, hen bane, pomegranate, and wild lettuce. Mixtures using acids, minerals, and alkalies are also noted. Many of the notes in the volume have citations from the The dispensatory of the United States of America by George B. Wood and Franklin Bache. Some entries are attributed to physicians. The last page of the volume is written in German. W. A. Shelly is written on the front and back covers and throughout the volume. The detached covers have printed borders, small vignettes, and verse.

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Publication Information

University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts,  October 2017

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Donna Brandolisio

Access Restrictions

This codex is availbe for research.

Use Restrictions

Copyright restrictions may exist. For most library holdings, the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania do not hold copyright. It is the responsibility of the requester to seek permission from the holder of the copyright to reproduce material from the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Source of Acquisition

Sold by Cara Herman (West Chester, Pennsylvania), 2017.

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Controlled Access Headings

Form/Genre(s)
  • Codices (bound manuscripts)
  • Manuscripts, American--19th century
  • Notebooks
Subject(s)
  • Medicine--19th century

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Collection Inventory

Volume

William Addison Shelly notebook, 1835.

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