|Creator:||Eve, Paul F., (Paul Fitzsimmons), 1806-1877|
|Title:||Paul Fitzsimmons Eve letter|
|Dates:||1849 June 7|
|Quantity:||0.029 Linear feet (1 folder; housed in 1 document box with minor collections MS 2705, 2706, 2708-2710, 2714, 2719, 2720, 2724, 2730, 2734, 2735, 2739, and 2740)|
Dr. Paul Fitzsimmons Eve was a leading southern medical figure. He was president of the American Medical Association from 1857-1858, co-editor of the Southern Medical and Surgical Journal, and author of nearly 600 articles during his medical career. Eve performed several important operations including one for vesical calculus. Also, he is thought to have been the first American Surgeon to perform a hysterectomy. Paul Fitzsimmons Eve was born near Augusta, Georgia, in 1806. He attended Franklin College (the University of Georgia), receiving a BA degree in 1826. Eve then went to Philadelphia to study medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Receiving an M.D. degree in 1828, Eve returned to Georgia to practice medicine in Augusta. After one year, Eve decided to travel to Europe, practicing medicine in both London and Paris clinics and serving as a field doctor in the Polish Army during the Russian march on Poland. Deciding to return to America, Eve resumed his medical practice in Augusta. In 1832 he helped found the Medical College of Georgia where he was a Professor of Surgery until 1850. He went on to become the Professor of Surgery at both the University of Louisville and the University of Nashville. During the Civil War he was the Surgeon General of Tennessee. After the War, Eve taught surgery at Missouri Medical College in St. Louis, the University of Nashville, and Nashville Medical College. He also performed surgery at Gate City Hospital in Atlanta. Eve died in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1877.
The collection consists of an ALS from Paul F. Eve, dated June 7th, 1849 from Augusta, Georgia. The letter discusses several of Dr. Eve's surgeries and mentions his speculation that Rome will become a "large place."
Paul Fitzsimmons Eve letter. MS 2706. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.