Guide to the Ira Prouty Notebook of Medicines, 1882

Collection number: MS 274
Size: (1 item)

About Ira Joslin Prouty (1857-1932)

Ira Joslin Prouty was born in Ogdensburg, NY, the son of Dr. Ira Prouty Sr. and Elsie Joslin. The family had moved to Keene by 1857, when he graduated high school. He furthered his education with a course in analytical chemistry at the Massachussets Institute of Technology in 1879, and then took a three year course in medicine at the University of the City of New York. He graduated and moved back to Keene to practice in 1882.

About Dr. Prouty's Medicine Notebook (1882)

The notebook dates from the doctor's first year of practicing medicine, and lists 100-120 recipes for remedies of all types. Most recipes list the surname of the source he got it from, and there is a full index in the back of the notebook. Entries include: dysentery, malaria, hysteria (with and without hallucinations), "stomach ruin", quinine for children, burns, 2nd stage syphilis, "skin eruptions on young women", diphtheria, epilepsy in children and adults, cholera, meningitis, whooping cough, opium poisoning, and "sluggish liver".

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Folder 4, Box 26, Ira Prouty Notebook of Medicines, 1882, MS 274, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

Purchase from Carmen Valentino Rare Books, unknown date.