(Florence, SC) / (Fort Dodge, IA): np / (Kersten Publishing Co.), (1957). First Edition. Hardcover. Two matching 4to. volumes. Embossed cloth. Blank logs marketed as Physician's Daily Record, published by the Kersten Publishing Co. of Fort Dodge, Iowa. Light, handling wear. Trace foxing at page edges. Overall, each sound, clean. Unpaginated. Very good. Item #15170
A complete, two volume patient ledger covering the entirety of the year 1957. From the office of Dr. John Melvin Thomason, a general practitioner operating out of Bruce Hospital in Florence, SC. Manuscript ledger entries throughout the text contain information in three fields including patient name, services rendered and charges incurred. Procedures often recorded include: vision tests, glucose monitoring, and, routine examinations, of children and adults. Charges generally range from $2.00 to $5.00 per visit and many patients appear to keep credit accounts. Monthly totals of gross receipts, credit accounts and payroll are also entered. A rich primary record of a general physician's practice in the South in the late 1950s and a valuable business portrait of being a small-town doctor.