Account books of Sylvester Woodbridge, 1792-1826 (inclusive)

About this Collection

Woodbridge, Sylvester , 1754-1824
Account books.
Collection Title
Account books of Sylvester Woodbridge, 1792-1826 (inclusive)
7 volumes: 1 volume at 15.5 x 6.5 inches. 6 volumes at 15 x 6 inches.
Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine
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Patient Care--history
Medical fees
Account books
Accounts Payable and Receivable
Fees and Charges
Medical care--Massachusetts--History
History of Medicine
Southampton (Mass.)

Content Notes

Consists of seven account books kept by Dr. Sylvester Woodbridge (1754-1824) from 1792 until his death containing entries that record charges for medical visits and administration of medicines, and sales of sundry and grocery items, as well as occasional personal notes and the names of Woodbridge's apprentices and their participation in his Southampton, Massachusetts, medical practice. Woodbridge's methods of treatment were typical for the era: he most commonly prescribed vomits and purgatives for patients. Volume 6 contains loose pages and letterbooks tucked in related to accounting and to the amount and type of wood Woodbridge was buying for his house, and papers dated after his death.

Biographical Notes

Sylvester Woodbridge (1754-1824) was a physician practicing in Southampton, Massachusetts. In addition to his medical practice, his collection of books comprised the first library in the town (1780-1812); these sixteen volumes were available for subscribers to borrow on the four days of the year when the "library" was open.