Wilkinson Scrapbook Article #26

In this article from William Wilkinson’s scrapbook “One Hundred Great and Near-Great Events, Person and Places in Rochester History” (1947) he writes about early doctors and medical books.


In the early days people had pains same as they do today but more so as doctors were few and in between and everyone knew how to cure everyone else but himself. Medical books were in demand and carefully read. Here are a few that were advertised along about 1830.

  • “Bishat on Life and Death”
  • “Wistars Anatomy”
  • “Murray’s Materia Medica”
  • “Eberles Therapeutics”
  • “Risherand’s Phisology”
  • “Cooke on Nervous Diseases”
  • “Clarke on Females”
  • “Dewee’s Midwifery”
  • “Johnson on the Stomach”

Plus there is this ad that actually relates to the cartoon:

  • COPARTNERSHIP – Having the fullest confidence in the medical skill and integrity of Doct. Philander Tobey, after two years of intimate acquaintance, I have taken him as a partner in the practice of medicine & surgery. I can therefore recommend him to the favorable notice of my patrons. The copartnership will commence on the first of October. — All those indebted to either Dr. Tobey or myself, will see the necessity of making immediate payment of old and long standing accounts. — Dr. J. B. Elwwod.

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