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Caleb Budlong Physician's Account Books, 1817-1843, 1915 and undated

Abstract

Collection comprises 8 medical account journals maintained by Budlong between 1817 and 1839. In addition to treatments provided, most often tooth extractions and bleeding, the doctor noted examinations and prescriptions for pills, oils, powders, elixirs, bitters, ointments, and asthmatics, along with cathartic sugars and throat lozenges. Fees are recorded for each entry and payments and regular audits noted. The entries were irregular in regard to date. Included in the collection is an undated typescript list of more than 100 individuals treated in volume 1, indicating that Budlong served as the primary physician for the area during its early settlement. There are indexes for volumes 2 and 8; and these, along with 76 items laid-in to the volumes, including receipts, blotting sheets, lists, calculations, and other notes have been removed to a separate folder. One item laid in is receipt unrelated to the volumes for a payment dated 1915.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Caleb Budlong physician's account books
Creator
Budlong, Caleb, 1791-1865.
Extent
4.0 linear feet, 86 items
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

Collection comprises 8 medical account journals maintained by Budlong between 1817 and 1839. In addition to treatments provided, most often tooth extractions and bleeding, the doctor noted examinations and prescriptions for pills, oils, powders, elixirs, bitters, ointments, and asthmatics, along with cathartic sugars and throat lozenges. Fees are recorded for each entry and payments and regular audits noted. The entries were irregular in regard to date. Included in the collection is an undated typescript list of more than 100 individuals treated in volume 1, indicating that Budlong served as the primary physician for the area during its early settlement. There are indexes for volumes 2 and 8; and these, along with 76 items laid-in to the volumes, including receipts, blotting sheets, lists, calculations, and other notes have been removed to a separate folder. One item laid in is receipt unrelated to the volumes for a payment dated 1915. Acquired as part of the History of Medicine Collections.

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Contents of the Collection

Physician's account book, 1818-1823, bulk 1818-1819
(198 pages)
Volume 1
Physician's account book, 1820-1830, bulk 1822-1824
(261 pages)
Volume 2
Physician's account book, 1824-1836, bulk 1829-1832
(387 pages)
Volume 3
Physician's account book, 1826-1831, bulk 1826-1828
(209 pages)
Volume 4
Town and county account book, 1827-1831, bulk 1827-1828
(37 pages)
Volume 5
Daybook, 1833-1838
(331 pages)
Volume 6
Ledger, 1833-1839, bulk 1833-1836
(238 pages)
Volume 7
Ledger, 1838-1843
(272 pages)
Volume 8
List of individuals in v.1 that hold accounts, undated
(3 pages)
Folder 1
Indexes, v.2 and v.8, 1820-1830, 1838-1843
Folder 1
Items laid-in to volumes, 1828-1843, 1915 and undated
(76 items)
Folder 1

Historical Note

Dr. Caleb Budlong was born in Rensselaer Co., N.Y., in 1791. He moved to Frankfort (Herkimer Co.), N.Y., in 1793 with his parents. In 1815, he became the town's first postmaster, and in 1817 he graduated from Fairfield Medical College. He then served as a physician in Frankfort until his death in 1865. He also served as a member of the Frankfurt legislature in 1824, became town supervisor in 1835, and was an organizing member of the Universalist Church of Franfurt and German Flats in 1838. Fairfield Medical College stressed the development of the United States Pharmacoepia as a standard for uniform medical techniques, as well as a code of ethics for physicians. Budlong's professors were national leaders in these movements, and his practice was likely influenced by their work.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Caleb Budlong physician's account books, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Caleb Budlong physician's account books were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a Purchase in 2011

Processing Information

Processed by: Alice Poffinberger, December 2013

Accessions described in this finding aid: 2012-0015