Dr. Joseph Warren: The Boston Tea Party, Bunker Hill, and the Birth of American Liberty

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The definitive biography of the Revolutionary War doctor and hero. An American doctor, Bostonian, and patriot, Joseph Warren played a central role in the events leading to the American Revolution. This detailed biography of Warren rescues the figure from obscurity and reveals a remarkable revolutionary who dispatched Paul Revere on his famous ride and was the hero of the battle of Bunker Hill, where he was killed in action. Physician to the history makers of early America, political virtuoso, and military ...

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Overview

The definitive biography of the Revolutionary War doctor and hero. An American doctor, Bostonian, and patriot, Joseph Warren played a central role in the events leading to the American Revolution. This detailed biography of Warren rescues the figure from obscurity and reveals a remarkable revolutionary who dispatched Paul Revere on his famous ride and was the hero of the battle of Bunker Hill, where he was killed in action. Physician to the history makers of early America, political virtuoso, and military luminary, Warren comes to life in this comprehensive biography meticulously grounded in original scholarship.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455614745
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/21/2011
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 243,302
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Samuel A. Forman is a physician, educator, businessman, and local historian. He is the president of Oak and Ivy Health Systems, Inc. and a visiting scientist at the Harvard University School of Public Health. Throughout his successful careers as a physician, military officer, and businessman, he has published and lectured on historical topics that effect current issues. In his spare time he acts as company surgeon of the Lexington Minute Men historical reenactors. Forman lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.
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Table of Contents

Foreword 9

Acknowledgments 13

1 An Apple a Day—Family, Youth, and Adolescence 19

2 College Education—Joseph Warren and the Rainspout 29

3 Apprentice Physician 42

4 Breaking the Smallpox's Siege of Boston 54

5 Graph Iatroos and a Medical Society for Massachusetts 63

6 Healing Waters 67

7 A Case of Medical Malpractice 70

8 Patient Interactions 88

9 A Commonwealth of Masons 109

10 Patriotism's Spark 126

11 Apprentice Politician 141

12 High Son of Liberty 161

13 Family and Love Life 178

14 Stage Center 194

15 The Way to War 237

16 Military Affairs 250

17 Siege of Boston 270

18 Final Act 289

19 Aftermath 307

20 Into History 315

21 On Fame and Forgetfulness 325

Appendix I Account Books 335

Appendix II Artifacts and Relics Associated with Joseph Warren 345

Appendix III Quest for Warren's Head 356

Appendix IV Places Named after Joseph Warren 367

Appendix V Attributions to Miss Mercy Scoliay 370

Notes 381

Selected Bibliography 413

Index 429

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  • Posted January 8, 2012

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    A fun and informative read

    It is amazing in such a short life, Dr. Joseph Warren did so much and was the catalyst behind such institutions as Harvard's medical school and Mass. Medical Association. Who knows how influential of a politician he would have been had he not been killed at the battle of Bunker Hill? Dr. Samuel Forman writes a compelling biography which reacquaints the reader with a forgotten Founding Father. Not only are there numerous chapters detailing his life, Dr. Forman includes forensic details of his medical practice and death.

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  • Posted May 5, 2012

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    In the beginning (and this is not the Bible), a doctor who was l

    In the beginning (and this is not the Bible), a doctor who was living in Boston was starting to play a very important role in the things that happened leading up to the American Revolution. This is a biography of that man, Dr. Joseph Warren. Warren, who, among other things, sent Paul Revere on his famous ride through the countryside, was present at the Boston Tea Party and was a hero in the Battle of Bunker Hill. Readers will be delighted with this book and its star. Certainly everyone who has read and studied the American Revolution knows all about the main founding fathers but few know the important role that Dr. Warren took on. Dr. Warren had an extremely rare medical practice as he collected important military intelligence before the War taken from spies acting as patients in his practice. Dr. Warren directed the first American Minutemen and was the first highly-ranked American Officer killed during the Revolution.

    It’s been many years since a biography has been written of Dr. Warren and, according to the author’s research, only two have been written on Dr. Warren’s life. This author has not forgotten to include many of Dr. Warren’s accomplishments as well as his military service. According to research by Mr. Forman, Dr. Warren was a doctor, teacher, freemason, soldier, family man and politician. The book is written like fiction in many places so the reader will feel as if they know the man, his family and even something of his childhood. We see the human interest side to Dr. Warren, and not just his accomplishments in the War.

    This book is well worth reading. For readers, like yours truly, who thought they knew a lot about the American Revolution and the Founding Fathers, it gives a thorough portrait of Dr. Joseph Warren and the part that he played in the history of our liberty. It will be to the reader's advantage to read the appendices (5 in all) covering the Doctor’s account books, Artifacts and Relics Associated with Joseph Warren, the Quest for Warren’s Head, (this sounds really weird but did happen), Places Named after Joseph Warren and Attributions to Miss Mercy Scollay. These appendices read just like fiction and are truly a great addition to this book.

    Quill Says: This is a story about an extremely overlooked founder who really played a huge part in the country’s fight for freedom from the English. Many historians will be anxious to read the story of Dr. Warren. This is a definite keeper in the biography/historian’s and perhaps, even the fiction reader’s library.

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