|Title:||Henry Otis Hyatt Papers|
|Creator:||Hyatt, Henry Otis, 1848-1922|
|Repository:||ECU Manuscript Collection|
|Abstract:||Papers (1880-1897) including correspondence, accounts receivable, agricultural pursuits, uterine disease.|
|Extent:||0.215 Cubic feet, 1 item , ledger (1880-1897)|
October 1, 1985, 1 volume; Ledger (1880-1897) of Kinston, N.C., physician, containing accounts of patients, medical cures for illnesses, and the constitution, by-laws, and minutes of the Kinston Commercial and Trade Association. Gift of the Elbert Wilson family, Ayden, N.C.
Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.
Henry Otis Hyatt Papers (#503), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
Processed by V. Leary, September 1987
Encoded by Apex Data Services
Dr. Hyatt was one of the best known and skilled physicians in the state, and had one of the first "free clinics" in this country.
This collection reflects the daily life of Dr. Henry Otis Hyatt, a Kinston, N.C., physician, who was active in professional and community affairs in Kinston, N.C., and surrounding counties in the late nineteenth century. Dr. Hyatt's specialties seem to be diseases of the eye and general surgery. In 1872, he is said to have performed, successfully, an operation aspirating the stomach through the abdominal wall in a case of laudanum poisoning. This was the first operation of this kind ever performed.
This ledger reflects the activities of a family practitioner and includes patient accounts and carefully noted treatments and cures ranging from mad itch (uticaria), flatulency in old persons, to tapeworms. In addition to records concerning his practice, the ledger contains a detailed article for publication dealing with the use of electricity in uterine diseases written by Dr. Hyatt.
In community activities, Dr. Hyatt was instrumental in the development of the Kinston Commercial and Trade Association, later known as "The Merchants Association." Included in the ledger are the constitution, qualifications for membership, by-laws, duties of officers and members, a list of members, minutes, and a list of objectives of the association.
One item found on page 108, among patient accounts receivable, refers to Dr. Hyatt's agricultural pursuits. Mentioned are business terms with a tenant on one of his farms.
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