Address Book and Letters kept by Philadelphia Homeopathic Physician Walter M. James, ca. 1904.

A doctor’s informative address book with a detailed 6½ p. medical letter laid in, and more…


Address book, calling cards, and letters addressed to Walter M. James of 1231 Locust Street, Philadelphia, a physician, author, and publisher of the Homeopathic Physician. The letters comprise a good letter from a physician in Washington State and a letter from a female homeopath.

The address book contains approximately 350 personal and professional names and street addresses. Sixteen calling cards loosely laid into the address book may be of family friends or of fellow physicians. Together, these artifacts could provide a good baseline start from which to recreate James’ circle and network of personal and professional individuals; perhaps those contemporaries relevant to his career and life.

There are two letters and one brief 1904 typed note signed from the associate editor of The Medical Advance, W.W. Wheeler. The two letters are from Dr. J. Fitz-Mathew of West Sound, Washington State and Dr. Frances Bloomingston, a homeopathic physician from Chicago.

Dr. Fitz-Mathew’s 6½-page densely written letter of mentions such topics as Guglielmo Marconi’s “scientific achievements,” surgery, septicemia, bacteriology, a tumor case involving X-rays, and tuberculosis. Dr. Bloomingston’s letter mentions James’ pamphlet on inoculation, possibly his Remarks on Inoculation, which she opines should be reprinted: “It is worthy of reprint just now while there has been so much said on poor vaccination only some points I would like to see stronger.”


Description: Address Book and Letters kept by Philadelphia Homeopathic Physician Walter M. James, ca. 1904.

1. Address Book. Small quarto. Dark green papered boards; detached; spine defective; sewing structure sound. 2. 16 Calling cards. 3. Two autograph letters signed and one typed note signed.

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Price: $125.00

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