When a person knowledgeable about the development of public-health services in this country hears or sees the name “Shattuck,” he tends to think of Lemuel Shattuck (1793–1859), and with good reason. This remarkable man may with justice be called the father of public-health practices, in general and in detail, in the United States. In the view of Winslow, his Report of the Sanitary Commission of Massachusetts (1850) “is the most outstanding single ‘Book of Prophecy’ in the history of public health.”
That there was another eminent Shattuck, a distant cousin of Lemuel, concerned in another way with the sick of Boston, is well-documented by this memoir of Frederick Cheever Shattuck (1847–1929). It was written and published by his son, Dr. George Cheever Shattuck, formerly Professor of Tropical Medicine in Harvard Medical School. Through placing this memoir in libraries of medical schools, Dr. Shattuck has honored the memory of his father and has done a service to new generations of students of medicine.