Small Pocks, 1775-1779 (inclusive)
About this Item
- Jeffries, John , 1745-1819
- Various places
- 1 8 x 7 inches.
- Center for the History of Medicine (Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine)
Ledger containing accounts of smallpox inoculation by Dr. John Jeffries (1745-1819) at Rainsford Island Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, from June to July 1775; at a West Boston smallpox hospital in July 1775; and in Halifax, Nova Scotia, between 1776 and 1779. The accounts include dates, names, ages and physical condition of patients, and details regarding the method of delivery. Among the patients he inoculated was his son, John, at Rainsford Island Hospital on 14 June 1775.
John Jeffries (1745-1819), A.B., 1763, Harvard College, Cambridge, Massachusetts, M.D., University of Aberdeen, Scotland, was a Boston physician and scientist. He was an assistant surgeon on a British naval vessel when the Revolutionary War commenced in 1775. A Loyalist, Jeffries evacuated Boston with British forces in 1776, and worked as a surgeon in a British military hospital in Halifax, Nova Scotia, until 1779, when he moved to London. In 1785, Jeffries became the first man (with Jean-Pierre Blanchard) to fly a balloon across the English Channel between England and France. He returned to Boston in 1790, and practiced medicine there until his death.