Receipt book of Cotton Tufts, 1773-1784 (inclusive)

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Content Notes

Contains lists of medicines prescribed to patients of Cotton Tufts (1732-1825) and instructions for administering them. Also includes recipes for various medicines such as burn ointment and itch ointment, and a treatment for throat distemper, dated 1773-1784.

Biographical Notes

Cotton Tufts (1732-1815), A.B., 1749, honorary M.D., 1785, Harvard College, Cambridge, Massachusetts, studied medicine with his older brother, Simon Tufts (1727-1786), in Medford, Massachusetts, and later established his own practice in Weymouth, Massachusetts. In 1780, he was one of the incorporators of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and was also an incorporator of the Massachusetts Medical Society in 1781, and served as its fourth president (1787-1795). He introduced a popular treatment for diphtheria early in his career. Tufts was also a delegate to the Constitutional Convention.