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May 7, 1898

THE PRACTICE OF MEDICINE IN THE NEW ENGLAND COLONIES.

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PHILADELPHIA, PA.

JAMA. 1898;XXX(19):1080-1082. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.72440710012001b

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Abstract

I propose to glance in a cursory manner at a few of the many interesting and curious facts concerning medical practice in the early days of the settlement of New England. It is a subject about which not much has been written and of which our knowledge is very scanty, compared with the thoroughness with which we know every other detail of the lives of the colonists. The truth is that our medical forefathers left but little literary material upon which to work in an investigation of their methods or experiences. But few of them devoted themselves to purely professional work, and their lives were too largely occupied with the battle against the difficulties which lay in the way of developing the new country to afford much chance for scientific or literary labor, had any of them the inclination for it.

In the records of the settlements of the New

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