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To who it may Concern

This may certify that Doct. Wm. S. Williams
hath been in the Study of Physick and
Surgery with me for two years, and hath
made such proficiency in his Studies
that he is hereby recommended to
the impartial Publick as a Person
well qualified to be imployed in his
Profession, and very capable of rendering
Service to his fellow creatures in that
By Erastus Sergeant M.D.

Stockbridge October 3, 1785

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William Stoddard Williams (1762-1829), son of Dr. Thomas Williams of Deerfield, Massachusetts, studied medicine with Erastus Sergeant of Stockbridge, Massachusetts, for 2 years between 1781 and 1783. The first medical college, King's College (now Columbia University) did not open until 1790 and medical training was in the hands of experienced doctors and whatever books of instruction could be had. This certificate, handwritten by Dr. Sergeant, was the "passage" needed by a would-be physician to admit him to the profession of medicine.


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Medical proficiency certificate of William Stoddard Williams

author   Erastus Sergeant, M.D.
date   Oct 3, 1785
location   Stockbridge, Massachusetts
height   7.0"
width   6.0"
process/materials   manuscript, paper, ink
item type   Legal Documents/Certificate
accession #   #L99.024

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