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From Our Cabinet
The Massachusetts Historical Society focuses on the Parkman murder, with pieces of evidence and historical documents related to the Parkman trial.

The Warren Anatomical Museum: A Visitor's Guide
Harvard Medical School's Countway Library of Medicine presents an online overview of the amazing anatomical and pathological specimens collected by a contemporary of John Webster, Dr. John Collins Warren. The FAQ includes information on the celebrated case of Phineas Gage, a railroad worker who accidentally blew a 13-pound tamping iron through his skull -- and lived to tell the tale.

Divine Providence and Dr. Parkman's Jawbone
Read history professor Karen Halttunen's article about the cultural construction of real-live murder mysteries, including the Parkman case, at the Web site of the National Humanities Center.

Poe Museum: The Murders in the Rue Morgue
The Edgar Allan Poe Museum in Richmond, Virginia presents an online version of Poe's "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," considered to be the first work of detective fiction.

Past, Present and Future: A Conversation with Eric Stange
Read a March 2002 interview with Murder at Harvard director and producer Eric Stange.

Simon Schama's Top 10,6109,99684,00.html
Historian Simon Schama lists his favorite history books in this online interview by the Guardian newspaper.

Shooting Back
The April 2001 issue of Common-Place, an online history journal, includes this article by filmmaker Eric Stange describing his approach to making historical documentaries when few visual resources are available.

Images from the History of Medicine
View over 60,000 photos and illustrations of medical history from the collection of the National Library of Medicine.

Law Buzz: Where Is the Body?
Read modern-day legal buzz about the Webster trial and its significance.

Making of America: Articles on the Murder

View a compilation of Boston newspaper articles about the Parkman murder, offered through the Cornell University Library's Making of America project.

Boston History Links
Find information about Boston history, as well as links to other Boston-focused sites, courtesy of the Boston Historical Society and Museum.

Web Sites | Books and Articles


Ackerknecht, Erwin H., MD. A Short History of Medicine. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1982.

Bynum, W. F. Science and the Practice of Medicine in the Nineteenth Century. New York: Cambridge Univerisity Press, 1994.

Furst, Lilian R., ed. Medical Progress and Social Reality: A Reader in Nineteenth Century Medicine and Literature. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2000.

Langone, John. Harvard Med: The Story Behind America's Premier Medical School and the Making of America's Doctors. New York: Crown Publishers, Inc., 1995.

Moynihan, Lord Berkeley. The Advance of Medicine. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1932.

New York Academy of Medicine. Perspectives in Medicine: the March of Medicine. 1948.

Parkman, George. Management of Lunatics, with Illustrations of Insanity. Boston: John Eliot, 1817.

Porter, Roy. The Cambridge Illustrated History of Medicine. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1996.

Starr, Paul. The Social Transformation of American Medicine: the rise of a sovereign profession and the making of a vast industry. New York: Basic Books, Inc., Publishers, 1982.

Thorpe, Sir Edward. History of Chemistry. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1909-10.

Warner, John Harley. Against the Spirit of System: the French Impulse in Nineteenth Century Medicine. Princeton University Press, 1998.

Ziskin, Leah, MD, and Donna Mancuso. "Nathan Davis and Medicine's Move From Trade to Profession." New Jersey Medicine, vol. 93:12, Dec. 1996 p. 43-46.


Berrien, Jenny Drake. The Boston Miracle: The Emergence of New Institutional Structures. Harvard Thesis, 1997.

Farrell, Betty. Elite Families: Class and Power in Nineteenth Century Boston. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1993.

Gleason, Timothy W. The Watchdog Concept: The Press and the Courts in Nineteenth-Century America. Ames, Iowa: Iowa State University Press, 1990.

Halttunen, Karen. Murder Most Foul: the Killer and the American Gothic Imagination. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press,╩1998.

Handlin, Oscar. Boston Immigrants: 1790-1880. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1969.

Hoffman, Daniel. Poe. New York: Vintage Books, 1972.

Lane, Roger. Policing the City: Boston 1822-1885. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1967.

Rottenberg, Jonathon Adam. Ideas in the Legitimization of New Police: Boston 1838-54. Harvard Thesis.

Wagenknecht, Edward, ed. Mrs. Longfellow: Selected Letters and Journals. New York: Longmans, Green,1956.

The Parkman-Webster Case

Bemis, George. Report of the Case of John W. Webster. Boston: Little, Brown, 1850.

Schama, Simon. Dead Certainties, Unwarranted Speculations. New York: Knopf, 1991.

Spooner, Lysander. Illegality of the Trial of John W. Webster. Boston: B. Marsh, 1850.

Story, Ronald. The Forging of an Aristocracy :╩Harvard & the Boston Upper Class, 1800-1870. Middletown, Connecticut:╩Wesleyan University Press;╩Irvington, NewYork:╩distributed by Columbia University Press,╩1980.

Sullivan, Robert. The Disappearance of Dr. Parkman. Boston: Little Brown, 1971.

Taylor, Reverend Timothy Alden. The Bible View of the Death Penalty; also a summary of the Webster Case. Worchester: S.A. Howland, 1850.

Thomson, Helen. Murder at Harvard. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1971.

History and Fiction

Davis, Natalie Zemon. Slaves on Screen: Film and Historical Vision. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 2000.

Fitzpatrick, Ellen. History's Memory: Writing America's Past, 1880-1980. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 2002.

Glassberg, David. Sense of History: The Place of the Past in American Life. Amherst, Massachusetts: University of Massachusetts Press, 2001.

Novick, Peter. That Noble Dream: The "Objectivity Question" and the American Historical Profession. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 1988.

Stearns, Peter N. Meaning Over Memory: Recasting the Teaching of Culture and History. Chapel Hill, North Carolina:╩University of North Carolina Press,╩1993.

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