Guide to the David Flournoy Papers, 1868-1879
Dr. David Flournoy's ledger from his work as a physician attending patients in Caroline Co., Va. Entries typically include the names of his patients (including an indication of whether they were African American) and their various charges accrued due to his treatments, visits, prescriptions, etc. Also includes 2 manuscript items: a letter and a receipt.
- Collection Number
- David Flournoy Papers
- Flournoy, David
- 0.2 Linear Feet, 1 volume; 2 manuscript pages.
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
- Materials in English
Collection includes a receipt and letter addressed to Flournoy from a Richmond farming partner. The third item, a ledger, contains regularly entered charges by name and date for visits to patients, prescriptions, and often short notes on diseases or treatments. Only 165 pages or the original 244 pages are extant. Flournoy's patients were of different races, and ranged from the Rev. J.D. Southall, ex-Confederate officers, and perhaps others of some prominence to sharecropppers. Complaints ranged from toothaches to venereal disease. There are also records of obstetrical and gynecological care. Also included in the ledger are about thirteen pages containing accounts of labor hired and goods purchased.
Ledger and 2 manuscript pages are housed together. Container is indicated as Volume 1.
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How to Cite
[Identification of item], David Flournoy Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
Physician, Caroline County, Va.
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The David Flournoy Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 1980.
Processed by RL Staff; updated by Meghan Lyon, Oct. 2017