Notes on practice of medicine taken by S. P. Kerns from the lectures of J. M. DaCosta, M.D., L.L.D. Emeritus Professor of Practice of Medicine in the Jefferson Medical College of Philadelphia Pa.
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, doctor Samuel Proctor Kerns attended Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia from 1889 to 1892 and practiced medicine in Chalfont, Pennsylvania.
Samuel Proctor Kerns was born on October 3, 1862, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Thomas G. Kerns and Elizabeth Proctor. Kerns studied for a year at Doylestown Seminary (1881-1882) and Keystone State Normal School in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, where he remained until 1887. He served as principal of the schools at Chalfont, Pennsylvania, from 1887 to 1889 then enrolled at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia (now Thomas Jefferson University). Kerns graduated in 1892 and completed post-graduate work in medicine and surgery at the Philadelphia Polyclinic in 1901 and 1902. He then practiced medicine in Chalfont, Pennsylvania.
Kerns married Julia Butler Summers in 1894 and had at least four children: Winfred S., Ethel, and Proctor M., and Roland A.
The notes in this collection record the lecture subjects of Jacob M. Da Costa, the seventh chairman of the Department of Medicine at Jefferson Medical College from 1872 to 1891. Da Costa was a professor emeritus from 1891 to his death in 1900.
George M. Gould, ed. The Jefferson Medical College of Philadelphia: Benefactors, Alumni, Hospital, Etc., Its Founders, Officers, Instructors, 1826-1904 : a History, Volume 2 . New York: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1904.Frederick B. Wagner, Jr., MD, and J. Woodrow Savacool, MD, eds. Thomas Jefferson University – A chronological history and alumni directory, 1824-1990, “Part I: Jefferson Medical College 1885 to 1895,” 1992, http://jdc.jefferson.edu/wagner1/20/ (accessed November 12, 2007).“In a Social Way,” Philadelphia Inquirer, March 1, 1919, America’s Historical Newspapers, http://infoweb.newsbank.com (accessed November 12, 2007).Finding aid for Jacob M. Da Costa Papers, Thomas Jefferson University Archives, http://jeffline.jefferson.edu/SML/archives/collections/finding_aids/jmdacosta.html (accessed November 12, 2007).
These notebooks belonged to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, doctor Samuel Proctor Kerns and contain notes on lectures given by Jacob M. Da Costa at Jefferson Medical College from 1889 to 1891 on diseases of the nervous, circulatory, and respiratory systems.
These two volumes contain the lecture notes of Samuel Proctor Kerns, a student at Jefferson Medical College. It appears the notes have been recopied. Both volumes contain notes on the lectures of Professor Jacob M. Da Costa. The first volume records lectures given during the 1889-1890 term on diseases of the nervous system. The second volume records lectures given from December 5, 1890, to February 6, 1891, on diseases of the blood, blood-vessels, respiratory system, and the chest.
The sections on each disease often contain subsections on causes, symptoms, prognosis, diagnosis, differential diagnosis, and treatment. The descriptions are written in a way that is easy for someone unfamiliar with medicine to understand. They provide information on the perception and treatment of diseases common during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.
The diseases covered in the first volume include deranged nutrition, deranged secretion, headache, sick headache, vertigo, congestion of the brain, cerebral anaemia, meningitis, apoplexy, cerebral embolism, acute softening of the brain, neurasthenia, abscess of the brain, tumor of the brain, aphasia, cerebral syphilis, chronic hydrocephalus, sunstroke, heat exhaustion, delirium tremens, congestion of the spinal cord, spinal meningitis, myelitis, acute poliomyelitis, locomotor ataxia, lateral sclerosis, multiple sclerosis, shaking palsy, paralysis, wasting palsy, multiple neuritis also known as alcoholic paralysis, chorea, epilepsy, hysteria, and neuralgia.
The diseases covered in the second volume include diphtheria, plethora, anaemia, chlorosis, leukaemia, lymphoma, myxoedema, scurvy, purpura, haemophilia, inflammation of arteries, atheroma, phlebitis, laryngitis, croup, whooping cough, palpation, diminished fremitus, feeble respiration, absent breathing, prolonged expiration, harsh respiration, bronchial murmurs, cavity sounds, rales, friction sounds, bronchitis, asthma, emphysema, congestion of the lungs, hemorrhage from the lungs, oedema of the lungs, pneumonia, gangrene of the lung, and consumption.
A clipping of an advertisement for a stomach remedy has been laid in the second volume. It reads, “Circular of Keith’s Elixir Dyspepsia Comp. The Best Remedy Known Giving Doses and Mode of Administration and Testimonials in Brief.” More information about the product is printed on the reverse.
- Item 0139: Shelved in SPEC MSS 0097
Gift of the Moyerman family, 1970.
Processed by Kate Hand, November 2007. Encoded by E. Evan Echols, August 2014.
- Blood--Diseases--History--19th century
- Blood-vessels--Diseases--History--19th century
- Medicine--Study and teaching--History--19th century
- Nervous system--Diseases--History--19th century
- Respiratory organs--Diseases--History--19th century
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- 2014 August 7
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