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October 28, 1893

THE FIRST POSTMORTEM RECORDED IN THIS COUNTRY.

JAMA. 1893;XXI(18):661-662. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420700029005

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Abstract

The centennial of the Connecticut Medical Society last year, was marked by several historical addresses concerning medical matters a century ago. Old papers and records, physicians' account books and diaries, and old letters and legends, were all examined, and many very interesting stories have been gleaned from them. One of these old records, datedi March 11, 1662, makes note of a vote in the General Court of Connecticut, granting unto Mr. Rossiter twenty pounds for opening the belly of Kelley's child, and his pains to visit the deputy governor,. Major Mason, and Mr. Talcot, and other ministrations. It appears from the long and minutely written account, that John Kelley of Hartford, had a daughter eight years old, who was taken ill of some form of bronchial pneumonia attended with delirium March 23, 1661, and died five days later. During this illness she complained that Goody Ayres, who was a general

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