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Edward Roth medical school notes and medical practice case books

Call Number: Ms Coll 47

Scope and Contents

The collection includes five notebooks of lecture and clinical notes from Bellevue Hospital Medical School, 1878-1880, covering anatomy, physiology, materia medica, obstetrics, diagnostics and therapeutics, diseases of women and children, nervous diseases, diseases of the genito-urinary system, and surgery. His clinical education notebook recorded the clinics he attended and the cases he observed at Bellevue Hospital and at Charity Hospital, Blackwell's Island. Four medical casebooks document his medical practice in New Haven from October 1891 to June 1893. They list over 1300 patient visits in the New Haven area, providing names, locations, and ailments. Indexes to each volume note the numbers of visits to each patient and fees charged. Although listed by the American Medical Association as an allopath, he may have been practicing an irregular form of medicine, as the ailments were general, his visits to patients were on a regular basis, and he recorded how many patients "renewed." A fifth case book contains a few pages of notes on patient visits made in Massachusetts in October, 1893.


  • 1878-1880, 1891-1893


Language of Materials

Notebooks are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The volumes in this collection are in the public domain.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased in 2014.


10 Items ( (volumes))

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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Edward Roth was a graduate of Bellevue Hospital Medical College in New York city in 1880 after the required attendance of two years. The collection consists of ten volumes, the first five of which are Roth's notes on medical school lectures and clinics from 1878-1880. The remaining five include four volumes documenting his clinical practice in New Haven, 1891-1893, and one volume with a few entries on practice in Massachusetts in late 1893.

Biographical / Historical

Edward Roth graduated from Bellevue Hospital Medical College in New York City in 1880. The curriculum at the time was two years in length. Shortly after graduation, about 1880-1882, he served as assistant to Dr. William D. Stewart at the Marine Hospital Service station in Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts. In 1883, he was practicing in San Francisco, where he married Eliza L. Beetle. From 1891 to 1893, he was practicing in New Haven, and then went back to Massachusetts. He eventually returned to Martha's Vineyard where he practiced in Vineyard Haven for the remainder of his career. He died in Miami in 1919 on an annual visit to Florida with his wife.

Edward Roth medical school notes and medical practice case books
Toby A. Appel
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Finding aid written in English.

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