Smallpox inoculation orders issued by Boston (Mass.) Overseers of the Poor, 1792-1793 (inclusive)
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- Boston (Mass.) , Overseers of the Poor.
- Center for the History of Medicine (Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine)
Contains smallpox inoculation orders issued for various wards in Boston from the Overseers of the Poor to local physicians including Harvard Medical School founder John Warren (1753-1815), Samuel Danforth (1740-1827), John Homans (1753-1800), Nathaniel Walker Appleton (1755-1795), and William Spooner (1760-1836). There are also several bills to Boston for inoculation services.
Established by a colonial act in 1692 and incorporated in 1772, the Boston Overseers of the Poor provided relief to "deserving" persons in the form of food, fuel, medicine, and money.