Doctor Daniel Brigham's Book, 1789-1810 (inclusive)

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Content Notes

Ledger maintained by Dr. Daniel Brigham (1760-1837) containing financial accounts for medical patients treated primarily in Northborough, Westborough, and Marlborough, Massachusetts from 1789 to 1837. The ledger details the charges for medical services and the corresponding payments, often made by payment-in-kind. Common charges included a shilling for a visit and administration of cathartics, emetics, or anodynes. Extraction of a tooth cost eight pence, and Brigham charged one woman nine shillings for delivering her son. A number of entries are obscured by pasted-in newspaper articles.

Biographical Notes

Daniel Brigham (1760-1837) was a physician who lived in Marlborough and Northborough, Massachusetts. He also served in the Continental Army as a surgeon's mate during the American Revolutionary War.