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Boston medicine in the period 1750 to 1800 is described, along with the life and contributions to Boston medicine and surgery of John Jeffries, a Tory surgeon. Jeffries received his medical degree in Scotland and then practiced in Boston until 1775, when he departed with the English. He eventually returned to Boston to complete an illustrious practice from 1789 to 1819. Among his other accomplishments, he and a Frenchman were the first to fly a hot air balloon across the English channel. His contributions to the development of Boston surgery and its medical societies were significant.
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☆Presented at the 60th Annual Meeting of the New England Surgical Society, Whitefield, New Hampshire, September 28–30, 1979.
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