Account books of William Aspinwall, 1776-1812 (inclusive), v.1

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Content Notes

Two account books containing entries noting patients visited, fees charged, and small accounts of Dr. William Aspinwall (1743-1823) in Boston and Brookline, Massachusetts, from 1776 to 1812. He includes sections for "Women's Accounts" with charges generally rendered to their husbands or other male relatives. There is also an entry charging the town of Cambridge, Massachusetts, four dollars and fifty cents for medicines and attendance to a boy who contracted smallpox.

Biographical Notes

William Aspinwall (1743-1823), A.B., 1764, Harvard College, Cambridge, Massachusetts, was a physician in Brookline, Massachusetts. He studied medicine in Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania Hospital. During the American Revolutionary War, Aspinwall served as a surgeon in the Continental Army and oversaw two military hospitals in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts. He opened a smallpox hospital on his Brookline farm in 1788, where Harvard Medical School professor Benjamin Waterhouse sent his children to be inoculated after he had vaccinated them with cowpox matter in 1800.