The contents of this commonplace book of George Green, Sr., divide
naturally into three series: medical lecture notes and examination
questions, many from the Medical Department of the University
of Pennsylvania, 1817-1820; copies or drafts of personal correspondence,
1824 and undated; and poetry, literary sentences, and miscellaneous
writings, 1858-1860 and undated.
Medical items in the volume include a copy of notes on Philip Syng
Physick's lecture on inflammation, [1819?] and an undated copy
of Benjamin Rush's opening lecture on the practice of medicine
in which he outlines his objections to nosology. At the end
of the volume are two sets of examination questions and answers
used by the student for review of material. The questions on
midwifery, obstetrics, and gynecology, [1817?], are probably
derived from the lectures of Thomas C. James. The final medical
section of the volume contains questions and answers, June 1817,
based on the lectures of John Syng Dorsey on materia medica.
The commonplace book also contains an extensive section of
notesjfrom the lectures of Joseph Parrish on diseases
of the eye, 1819, and a copy, dated December, 1820, of Parrish's
1819 lectures on diseases of the nose and throat.
Another item of interest, possibly written by the unnamed medical
student, is an unsigned draft of a letter from Caracas, Venezuela,
dated February 1824. The letter describes the writer's good
health and the possibility of making a living in Caracas as
either an apothecary or a physician, then instructs the recipient
to sell most of their stock and possessions, convey his resignation
as apothecary to Dr. Griffitts, and request a testimonial.
The remainder of material in the volume consists of essays, poetry,
literary sentences, and drafts and copies of personal letters,
1858-1860 and undated. There is also one folder of undated
letters, fragments, and printed material. All of the later
material in the volume appears to have been written, copied,
or compiled by George Green, Sr., of Delphi, Indiana.