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Wood Family Papers and Medical Practice Records, 1803-1903
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The Wood Family papers consist of office and some household records of a multi-generational physicians' practice in Muncy (Pennsborough), Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, from 1803 to approximately 1868, with a few later items. In addition to 40 bound day books, which list patient names, dates and short notations of treatment or medication, and ledgers, which follow the payment history of each account, approximately 200 separate manuscript sheets or scraps include invoices, promissory notes, receipts, legal judgments, and a few letters. The collection also includes some printed pamphlets and journals, a very few medical/surgical instruments, and three photographs. The contents of these materials provide a small window on medical treatments and therapeutics in one specific practice over 60-some years, plus a rather good picture of the business lives and some insight into the personal lives of these doctors.
The Drs. Wood whose records comprise this collection descended from James Wood "the Immigrant", who came from the British Isles to settle in Pennsylvania's Cumberland Valley ca. 1735, built a stone house on the Cumberland Valley Pike which was still standing in 1948, and who died in 1750. One of his grandsons:
3 storage cartons 2 document boxes (3.8 linear feet)
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