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Waltham Hospital medical records

Call Number: Ms Coll 82
Content Description

The collection includes seven bound volumes of hand-written medical records from Waltham Hospital (Waltham Massachusetts) created between 1889-1897 and one book about Alfred Worcester, M.D. (1855-1951), who practiced medicine at Waltham Hospital. Each volume contains the records of approximately 100 patients written by attending physicians. Records may include progress notes, operative reports, medication records, pathology reports, patient dispositions, and drawings. The collection documents medical treatment for a wide variety of conditions including perforated appendix, gunshot wounds, people kicked by horses, occupational injuries, cancer, birth complications, rheumatic fever, scarlet fever, diphtheria, and suicide attempts.

Records in the collection document the work of multiple physicians in the early years of Waltham Hospital's operations. Material of particular interest includes drawings and intraoperative findings recorded by Alfred Worcester (1855-1951), including documentation of early surgeries to treat appendicitis.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Alan M. Engler, M.D. (Yale College, Class of 1976), 2021.

1889 - 1897
8 Volumes
Related Names
Waltham Hospital
Worcester, Alfred
Language of Materials