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Robert Abbe papers

Identifier: MSS 2/146

Content Description

This collection was assembled by Robert Abbe and contains scrapbooks and other memoranda relating to Louis Pasteur, Marie Curie, Joseph Lister, Edward Jenner, and Benjamin Rush. Included in the scrapbooks are correspondence, portraits, and newslippings. For a more detailed description of the materials included, please the "Scope and Content" note for each item.


  • 1781 - 1927

Biographical / Historical

Robert Waldo Abbe, New York surgeon, was born on 13 April, 1851. He married Catherine Amory Palmer in 1891. Abbe died of anemia, probably related to his work with radium, on 7 March 1928.

Abbe received an A.B. from the College of the City of New York in 1870 and an M.D. from the College of Physicians and surgeons in New York in 1874. He then served an internship at St. Luke's Hospital, New York.

From 1877 to 1884, Abbe was Attending Surgeon in the outpatient Department of New York Hospital. He was also surgeon at St. Luke's Hospital and the Cancer Hospital and Attending Surgeon at New York Babies' Hospital. Abbe held positions as Professor of Didactic Surgery at the woman's medical College of New York, 1878-1880, and Professor of Surgery at the New York Post Graduate Medical School, 18881897. In 1898, he became Lecturer in Surgery at the College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Robert Abbe was known for his pioneering work in intestinal anastomosis, spinal surgery, and the use of radium to treat cancer. He was a member of the American surgical association, the International Surgical Society, and the New York Surgical Society. In 1911, he became an associate fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia.


7 Files (2 folders and 5 volumes)

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Custodial History

The Robert Abbe Collection was accrued over the period of nearly 75 years. The majority of materials found in the collection were donated by Robert Abbe between 1911 and 1921 to the Mütter Museum and transferred to the Historical Medical Library in 1983. For a more detailed provenance, please see the "Custodial History" note for each item.
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Repository Details

Part of the Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia Repository

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Philadelphia PA 19103 United States