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U.S. History Topics » States & Regions » Massachusetts

Murder at Harvard

is the companion website for a film about a murder that shook Boston in November 1849. It began when Dr. George Parkman, a scion of one of Boston's richest families, disappeared. A week later, a janitor discovered body parts in the lab of a mild-mannered chemistry professor. Transcripts of the trial, news articles, a tour of the lab, 19th century medical instruments, a transcript of the film, timeline, and teacher's guide are provided. (Center for Independent Documentary, National Endowment for the Humanities)

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Interesting Fact:

The 19th century, in which George Parkman and John Webster learned medicine, was a pivotal time for the transformation of medicine into a modern science. Parkman and Webster's education at the beginning of the century consisted mainly of theoretical lectures about the human body and diagnosis.
Image of mid-nineteenth century surgical kit

A surgical kit?

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