Guide to the Ira Prouty Notebook of Medicines, 1882
Collection number: MS 274
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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[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.
Purchase from Carmen Valentino Rare Books, unknown date.