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The state of Kelso Dispensary opened for the admission of patients, on the 5th of December, 1777.

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Title The state of Kelso Dispensary opened for the admission of patients, on the 5th of December, 1777.
Imprint Newcastle: Printed at the Union Press, by J. Palmer
Date of Publication 1788
Language English
Notes This is a very rare and unrecorded work on the Kelso Dispensary, the first hospital in the town and only the second in Scotland (after the Edinburgh Royal Public Dispensary). The Kelso establishment was founded by the Earl of Haddington in 1777. Dispensaries were served to a large degree by free student labour, and costs were kept down too through a high (working-class) patient turnover. This pamphlet provides us with a lot of information on health care in a provincial town in the late 18th century. We see, from the list of subscribers, that the great and the good gave money to support the dispensary; there is a list of regulations, treasurer's report, a most informative table detailing the diseases of the patients treated (consumption and fever were the most common causes of mortality) and a table of the parishes 'from which patients had been admitted'. Inserted into the pamphlet is a printed circular letter dated 31 October 1788, with a manuscript note from Thomas Scott reminding an eminent subscriber (addressed as your Lordship) that his subscription of 14 guineas was overdue.
Shelfmark RB.s.2718
Reference Sources http://www.archiveshub.ac.uk/news/03101401.html;
Acquired on 19/05/08
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