Documents, Manuscripts, Maps, & Photographs
Manuscript Group 648, William Elmer (fl. 1791-1889), Physician
Records, 1791-1889, 8 volumes
Call Number: MG 648 + volume number
Ledgers and daybooks of a physician from Bridgeton, New Jersey. One volume includes Jacob Millers account book, 1795-1815.
Gift of the Chester County (PA) Historical Society.
William Elmer received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1836 examined recruits during the Civil War and was the director of the State Asylum. His two sons, William and Henry, were also physicians.
Two ledgers, 1837-1869, primarily account registers, list family name, date of service, fee charged, and occasional notes such as a childs vaccination or patients death. Settlement of accounts often includes an exchange for items or services, such as payment by work getting ice, or by 1 bush oysters. Five daybooks, 1853-1885, with Bridgeton on the frontispiece, list date, family name, and comments on patients ailment, condition, and treatment. Among the ailments listed are abscesses, asthma, bed sores, cardiac disease, hemorrhoids, eczema, dysentery, prickly heat, pneumonia, ulcerating tonsils, measles, vertigo, sebaceous sacs, spasms, nervousness, and hypochondriasis. Treatments include cough drops, chloroform, beef tea, chalk mixture, morphine, quinine, Epson, whiskey and cod oil mixture.
Another volume includes Jacob Millers accounts, 1791-1815, listing name and date for goods such as hay, flax, corn, beef, and Accounts of Debts due the Estate of Jacob Miller (1816). A more detailed handwritten index can be found in the data file.
The New Jersey Historical Society