Hyde, Dr. John Angier. Patient Accounts. Freeport. Ledger. Medical Record.
Hyde, Dr. John Angier. Patient Accounts. Freeport
Records of The Early Medical Career of a Country Physician in Maine

Hyde, Dr. John Angier. Patient Accounts. Freeport

Freeport, Maine: 1792-97 & 1806-1818. Item #860

Two volumes in narrow folio. 410 x 165 mm., [16 x 6 ½ inches].  172; 268 pp.  Manuscript in ink, very legible hand. Contemporary calf backed marbled boards  and full reverse calf.  Wear to bindings but sound copies in good condition.


Dr. John Angier Hyde (1771-1857) was born in Rehoboth, Massachusetts on July 10, 1771. He practiced medicine in Freeport, Maine and according to varying accounts either graduated from Boston Medical School in 1794 or received an honorary MD from the Medical School of Maine of Bowdoin College in 1831 at the age of sixty. he died February 19, 1857. Dr. Hyde was also one of the signers of of an anti- statehood petition in 1819 which reflected the view that Maine should not separate from Massachusetts, of which it was then a part.


The pages of the books are numbered at the upper left (amounts received) with the facing page (expenses) left unnumbered. Entries are made for each patient seen and successive visits listed chronologically. A few of Dr. Hyde's more common procedures were venesections (bloodletting), tooth extraction, and "attending on a wound". His expenditures were everything from "hemming of  a cravat" to purchasing gallons of rum and a penknife. The rum may have been used as anesthesia.


Many Freeport families are named such as the Dennisons, Coffins, Mitchells, Talbot, Soules, Rogers and Byrams. The second volume has a tipped in last name index and the original bookseller's label, Thomas Clark, Bookseller and Stationer, Portland, Maine, affixed to the inside cover. The College of Physicians of Philadelphia holds several other account books and some manuscript material of Dr. Hyde..

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Price: $450.00

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