Medicine in Early Maine
Maine at 200 Series: A Talk with Dr. Richard Kahn
Recorded on January 7, 2021
Dr. Richard Kahn discusses the history of medicine and pandemics in Maine up to the present COVID-19 crisis, as well as his work on the Jeremiah Barker papers. Assisted by his wife Patricia, a medical librarian, Dr. Kahn has been studying the Barker Manuscript for more than 30 years following its rediscovery at the Maine Historical Society Library in Portland, culminating in the publication of Diseases in the District of Maine 1772–1820: The Unpublished Work of Jeremiah Barker, a Rural Physician in New England. Jeremiah Barker practiced medicine in rural Maine in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Throughout his practice of fifty years, he documented his constant efforts to keep up with and contribute to the medical literature in a changing medical landscape, as practice and authority shifted from historical to scientific methods.