Record of visits by Silvester Gardiner, 1757 December-1758 February (inclusive)

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Content Notes

Volume containing the names of patients visited by Dr. Silvester Gardiner (1708-1786), in Boston, Massachusetts, from December 1757 to February 1758. Among his patients were Massachusetts Bay Province Governor Thomas Pownall (1722-1805). Gardiner also sometimes recorded the medicines he adminstered, primarily emetics and cathartics.

Biographical Notes

Silvester Gardiner (1708-1786) was a physician and apothecary who practiced in Boston, Massachusetts, and in Maine. He studied medicine at St. James Hospital in London under William Cheselden (1688-1752), before establishing his practice in Boston, where he often took on medical apprentices. A Loyalist during the American Revolution, much of Gardiner's property in Massachusetts was confiscated by the government, and he moved to England for a number of years, before returning to the United States in 1785, when he relocated to Maine.