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Samuel Molton aged 42 of a short thick make & somewhat in-
clining to be fleshy & of a sanguinous temperament was repeat-
edly attacked, during the latter part of last winter with a
difficulty of breathing arising almost to suffocation, especially
after exercise, of which he was always till lately immediately relieved
by resting awhile from his labor. in all other respects his health
was good & his appetite unimpaired. – It may be proper to pre-
mise that during the latter part of last fall long after the frosts
were severe enough to freeze the ground to the depth of half an inch
or an inch he was in the habit for some days of strip
ping off his stockings & shoes & standing barefoot all day in cold
water ditching. The consequence of this was that at night his feet
& legs were affected with a numbnes & prickly sensation, & it would
be three or four hours before he could restore them to their accustomed warmth. Another consequence was that during the fore part of the
last severe winter he was troubled with a severe cough, of which
however when his difficulty of breathing came on, he was relieved.
About three weeks since Father was called to him. He found that
his difficulty of breathing the preceding night had been so great that
he could not lie in his bed without the utmost danger of suffocation. His pulse was about 100 in a minute & regular, with some febrile [ ]
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Stephen West Williams was the son and the grandson of doctors. He studied with his father and at King's College (Columbia University) in New York City. After an apprenticeship in the Berkshires, he returned to Deerfield to practice. His handwritten notes chronicle his medical questions and treatments in an anecdotal manner and register the symptoms and treatments attempted. This example was recorded about 1815. Dr. Williams had a wide practice, lectured extensively, published books on family history and on medical jurisprudence as well as articles in current medical and scientific journals.
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Medical Cases of Stephen West Williams: Angina Pectori.
| author Stephen West Williams, M.D. (1790-1855)
| date c. 1815
| location Deerfield, Massachusetts
| height 8.25"
| width 6.75"
| process/materials manuscript, paper, ink
| item type Personal Documents/Journal
| accession # #L99.021
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