Medical bill from John Sprague to Mr. Wain, 1749

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About this Item

Creator
Sprague, John , 1718-1797
Type
Invoices.
Language
English
Origin
Massachusetts
Description
1 manuscript.
Date
1749
Repository
Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine
Identifier
colonialnorthamerica.library.harvard.edu/990146137560203941

Content Notes

Medical bill in the amount of twenty-three pounds, one shilling, rendered to Mr. Wain by Dr. John Sprague (1713-1797), for medicines and medical attendance to Wain's family from 1746 to 1749.

Biographical Notes

John Sprague, A.B., 1737, honorary M.D., 1792, Harvard College, Cambridge, Massachusetts, was a physician in Dedham, Massachusetts, and a founding member of the Massachusetts Medical Society (incorporated 1781). He studied medicine with French physician Lawrence Dal'Honde and was a proponent of smallpox inoculation. Sprague's widow, Esther, bequeathed two thousand dollars to Harvard in 1811, with the provision that the interest of the sum be used to support the professorship of the Theory and Practice of Physic.