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By July 23, 2014 Read More →

Case Study

Post 07 28 14 photoDr. Daniel B. Cutter carried this medicine case during his long career in Peterborough.  Born in Jaffrey in 1808, Cutter studied at Dartmouth College and took his medical degree at Yale in 1835. He practiced in Ashby, Massachusetts for a few years before moving to Peterborough in 1837. From his residence on Main Street, he ministered to the health of the townspeople for more than 40 years. In addition to his profession, Cutter was very involved in town affairs, serving as Town Moderator, a trustee of the Peterborough Savings Bank, and the Peterborough Academy.

Peterborough did not have a hospital until the early 20th century when a group of prominent citizens raised the funds to establish the Peterborough Hospital, now known as Monadnock Community Hospital.  Dr. Albert Smith, Dr. John Cutler, and Dr. W.D. Chase were Daniel Cutter’s colleagues in town. The town also had two pharmacies, one on Main Street and the other on Grove.
The kit has an assortment of vials that contained medications typical of the 19th century, ranging from simple table sugar to laudanum, a powerful pain killer.