Account books and indices of Timothy Darling, 1754-1775 (inclusive)

About this Collection

Creator
Darling, Timothy , 1731-1784
Type
Indexes (reference sources)Account books.
Collection Title
Account books and indices of Timothy Darling, 1754-1775 (inclusive)
Language
English
Origin
No place, unknown, or undetermined
Description
5 volumes: 1 volume at 15 x 6.3 inches; 1 volume at 13 x 4.75 inches; 2 volumes 13 x 4.3 inches; and 1 volume; 13 x 3.9 inches.
Repository
Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine
Identifier
colonialnorthamerica.library.harvard.edu/990127460020203941
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Subjects
Delivery of Health Care--history
Account books
Accounts Payable and Receivable
Fees and Charges
Medical Records
Patient Care--history
Medical care--Massachusetts--History
Medical care--Accounting
Medicine--Practice--Accounting
Grafton (Mass.)
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Content Notes

Collection consists of one account book, two daybooks, and two indices recording patients treated by Dr. Timothy Darling (1731-1784) of Grafton, Massachusetts, between 1754 and 1775. The entries list patient names, medicines Darling prescribed, and the fees charged for his services. A common charge was two shillings for a visit and delivery of "sundry medicines." Darling charged four pence to deliver a cathartic, and six pence to bleed a patient. In certain entries, Darling notes the ethnicity or nationality of the patient, such as “Sarah Lawrence, Indian Woman,” and an account for an unnamed "French man." Some accounts include lists and values of foodstuffs like oats and corn, indicating Darling may have accepted payment-in-kind for his services. Volume 4 is an index to volume 1, and volume 5 is an index to an unknown volume.

Biographical Notes

Timothy Darling (1731-1784) was a physician practicing in Grafton, Massachusetts. He also served as a surgeon in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War.