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Commonplace book of Moses Appleton, 1791-1815 (inclusive)
Title
Commonplace book of Moses Appleton, 1791-1815 (inclusive)
Description
Volume containing medicinal recipes, medical notes, poetry, and obituaries written by Dr. Moses Appleton (1773-1849). Many of the recipes were copied from medical texts or other publications. His "cure for the dropsy," taken from the New York Herald, contained stale cider, parsley, horseradish, oxymel squills (sea onion in honey), and juniper berries. For diarrhea, he prescribed a blackberry syrup. Several entries indicate Appleton practiced Thomsonian medicine, an alternative system based on use of botanicals. The medical notes include an account of his treatment of a man with smallpox in 1815, and entries on patients he inoculated with cowpox matter. Another entry dated in 1796 provides instructions from the Massachusetts Humane Society for "treatment to be used with persons apparently dead from drowning," which included blowing tobacco smoke in the victim's lungs and applying warm blankets for several hours. Appleton adds a note questioning whether or not the lungs also should be "often artificially inflated." There is additionally a history of prominent physicians dating from ancient Greece.
Commonplace book of Moses Appleton, 1791-1815 (inclusive). B MS b149.1. Boston Medical Library, Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, Boston, Mass.
Moses Appleton (1773-1849), A.B., Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, was a physician and apothecary shop owner in Waterville, Maine. He attended medical lectures at Harvard, and was licensed to practice medicine in 1796 by the Massachusetts Medical Society. He relocated the same year to Waterville, where he was the town's first full time physician and apothecary.
Creator
Appleton, Moses , 1773-1849
Appleton, Moses , 1773-1849
Repository
Countway Medicine
Date
1791-1815
Format
1 8 x 5.5 inches.
Language
eng
Type
Commonplace books.
Citation
Appleton, Moses , 1773-1849 and Appleton, Moses , 1773-1849, “Commonplace book of Moses Appleton, 1791-1815 (inclusive),” Colonial North American Project at Harvard, accessed September 24, 2017, http://colonialnorthamerican.library.harvard.edu/items/show/12123.