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July 5, 1976

A Physician in 1776

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From the Howard Dittrick Museum of Historical Medicine of the Cleveland Medical Library Association.

JAMA. 1976;236(1):26-30. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03270010014003

In 1775 a Virginia physician penned the following certificate1:

These Presents will Inform All whom are Concernd that Mr Cary Henry Hampton of the County of Pr William in the Colony of Virginia hath Compleatd his Apprentisship to my Instruction in the Arts & Scienes [sic] of Anatomy, Chirurgery, Physic & Midwifery to all of which for the space of four years he hath been Studious & Diligent. He is well grounded in the teachings of Cheseldens Anatomy, Heisters Surgery, Cullens Materia Medica, Smellies Midwifery, the Works of our Masters Sydenham & Hippocrates which he hath read in the Latin tongue, as well as many other books of our Proffession and in the Instruction I have give to him at the beds of my Patients & elsewhere. So I repose my Confidence in his Knowledge & Reccommend him to all those who require his Skill &