An Interactive Annotated World Bibliography of Printed and Digital Works in the History of Medicine and the Life Sciences from Circa 2000 BCE to Circa 2020 by Fielding H. Garrison (1870-1935), Leslie T. Morton (1907-2004), and Jeremy M. Norman (1945- ) Traditionally Known as “Garrison-Morton”

15478 entries, 13333 authors and 1903 subjects. Updated: December 6, 2021

HOLMES, Oliver Wendell, Sr.

8 entries
  • 6274

The contagiousness of puerperal fever.

N. Engl. quart. J. Med. Surg., 1, 503-30, 18421843.

Oliver Wendell Holmes was the first to establish the contagious nature of puerperal fever. His essay on the subject took a strong line against the opinions then prevailing, stirring up violent opposition among the obstetricians of Philadelphia. Reprinted in Med. Classics, 1936, 1, 211-43.



Subjects: INFECTIOUS DISEASE, OBSTETRICS & GYNECOLOGY › OBSTETRICS › Puerperal Fever
  • 11260

Homoeópathy, and its kindred delusions; Two lectures delivered before the Boston Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge.

Boston: William D. Ticknor, 1842.

Digital facsimile from the Internet Archive at this link.



Subjects: ALTERNATIVE, Complimentary & Pseudomedicine › Homeopathy, PSYCHOSOMATIC MEDICINE › Placebo / Nocebo, Quackery
  • 6276

Puerperal fever, as a private pestilence.

Boston, MA: Ticknor & Fields, 1855.

Because his first paper (No. 6274) had been published in a short-lived journal with very small circulation, Holmes enlarged his famous essay on the contagiousness of puerperal fever, and in this reiteration mentioned the steps already being taken by Semmelweis. Reprinted in Med. Classics, 1936, 1, 245-68.



Subjects: INFECTIOUS DISEASE, OBSTETRICS & GYNECOLOGY › OBSTETRICS › Puerperal Fever
  • 10809

Dedication of the New Building and Hall of the Boston Medical Library Association, 19 Boylston Place, December 3, 1878. Order of exercises. Address by the president, Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes. Report of the building committee. Remarks by Dr. J. S. Billings, Prof. Justin Winsor, Dr. George H. Lyman, Charles W. Eliot, Dr. David P. Smith, Dr. Calvin Ellis, Dr. Henry I. Bowditch.

Cambridge, MA: Printed at the Riverside Press, 1881.

The printed wrapper of this pamphlet has a different text:

Address delivered at the dedication of the Hall of the Boston Medical Library Association, December III., MDCCLXXVIII., by Oliver Wendell Holmes, M.D., President. Report of C. P. Putnam, M.D. Remarks of J.S. Billings, M.D., Prof. Justin Winsor, C.H. Lyman, M.D., Pres. C. W. Lito, D.P. Smith, M.D., C. Ellis, M.D., H.I. Bowditch, M.D. Exhibition of medical portraits. Report of the librarian, James R. Chadwick, M.D. read at the sixth annual meeting, held on october IV, MDCCCLXXXI. Repot of F.C. Shattuck, M.D., on the directory for nurses.

Digital facsimile from the Hathi Trust at this link.

Holmes's address was first published in the Boston Medical and Surgical Journal, 99 (1878) 745-774.



Subjects: BIBLIOGRAPHY › Institutional Medical Libraries, Histories of, U.S.: CONTENT OF PUBLICATIONS BY STATE & TERRITORY › Massachusetts
  • 6390

Medical essays: 1842-1882.

Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin, 1883.

“The most important American book dealing with the history of medicine up to its day” (Garrison). Among the essays Holmes chose to include were his works on homeopathy, puerperal fever, and his address at the dedication of the Boston Medical Library. Digital facsimile from Google Books at this link.



Subjects: History of Medicine: General Works
  • 11259

The psychiatric novels of Oliver Wendell Holmes. By Clarence P. Oberndorf.

New York: Columbia University Press, 1943.

A classically trained Freudian psychoanalyst reviewed the psychiatric insights - advanced for his time - that Holmes expressed in his novels.



Subjects: LITERATURE / Philosophy & Medicine & Biology, PSYCHIATRY › History of Psychiatry
  • 11203

A bibliography of Oliver Wendell Holmes. By Thomas Franklin Currier and Eleanor M. Tilton.

New York: New York University Press, 1953.


Subjects: BIBLIOGRAPHY › Bibliographies of Individual Authors, LITERATURE / Philosophy & Medicine & Biology, OBSTETRICS & GYNECOLOGY › OBSTETRICS › Puerperal Fever, WOMEN, Publications by › Years 1900 - 1999
  • 11258

Oliver Wendell Holmes, physician and man of letters. Edited by Scott. H. Podolsky and Charles S. Bryan.

Boston: Science History Publications for the Boston Medical Library, 2009.


Subjects: BIOGRAPHY (Reference Works) › Biographies of Individuals, LITERATURE / Philosophy & Medicine & Biology