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August 25, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXV(8):503. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460340039006

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A series of articles on "Doctors and Apothecaries of Puritan Boston," by A. Corbett, Jr., has been appearing in the Boston Globe. There are many interesting stories of their often varied experience, professional and otherwise, and of their queer ideas of disease and the remarkable remedial agencies employed. In the issue for August 15 is an account of the two Firmins. Giles Firmin was the first apothecary in Boston, "a godly man and an apothecary," is his epitaph. Firmin's son, also named Giles, was a chirurgeon and gave lectures on anatomy, illustrated by the use of a skeleton; he returned to England in 1645 and sought refuge, from starvation, in the ministry. Admitted to the ministry he settled in Stratford; after the restoration he was ejected from the ministry because he was a dissenter; he continued to preach, however, and to practice medicine gratuitously. He advocated the union of all

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