Dr. Homer T. Jackson, MD, an 1881 graduate of UB’s Medical School, practiced medicine in the rural town of Verona, NY at the turn of the 19th century. When leaving for house calls, Dr. Jackson would don his top hat, grab his pocket watch and his case of instruments. He would also bring along a pistol.
Those days were different. Doctors such as Dr. Jackson had to be prepared for anything, including wandering highwaymen who looked to take advantage of travelers on lonely country roads. They also had to be prepared to accept chickens and veggies in lieu of coin.
Today, we can get a glimpse into the professional life of Dr. Jackson thanks to the generosity of Dr. Kenneth Felch, MD (UB Med 1961). The grandson of Dr. Jackson, Dr. Felch has donated several important pieces to the R. L. Brown History of Medicine Collection. Along with his personal collection of diagnostic and surgical instruments, several of Dr. Jackson’s handwritten notebooks were also donated. Through these wonderful manuscripts, we can look back upon Dr. Jackson’s methods of diagnosis, treatment, and his creation of medicinal preparations.
The Dr. H.T. Jackson Collection has been reassembled and is currently on display in the Buffalo Academy Room, located within the History of Medicine Collection. Please feel free to stop by and enjoy this truly unique glimpse into medicine’s past.