Physician’s Treatment Book (From the Collection #19)

The Story

In the 1800s medical students and physicians often kept lecture notes and practical information in small bound notebooks. This particular volume contains handwritten recipes for medications, financial accounts, and personal comments. This book is also important for its association with its first owner. Dr. Jennie Gray Wildman (c 1863-1953) is a member of the first generation of women doctors in Canada. Born in Dundas, Ontario she was an early graduate of the Ontario Medical College for Women in Toronto in 1892. In 1898, the college opened the first clinic for women with Dr. Wildman as co-director which she did in addition to her teaching duties at the college. By 1911, this clinic had evolved into Women’s College Hospital, the only hospital in Canada staffed entirely by women; it served an exclusively female clientele until the 1920s. The hospital also provided positions for women doctors in an era when few existed in other institutions.

The Specs

ACCESSION # (Web Link):002008001 a-c
Object Name:Physician’s Treatment Book
Manufacturer (Country):Unknown (Unknown)
Date Made:Circa 1885
MESH Code:Prescriptions, Drug
Patient Care — instrumentation

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About “From the Collection”

“From the Collection” was a project originally published in 2010 to the Museum of Health Care’s website by former Curator Paul Robertson, with the goal being to highlight some the Museum’s most unique items that might be missed in our collection. Each artifact is presented as a bite-sized story, related information, and a link to it’s fully detailed entry on our free online digital catalogue!

Posts in the “From the Collection” series were originally created with support from Funded by the Ontario Museums and Technology Fund. The support of the Government of Ontario, through the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, is acknowledged.


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