New York Heritage has a plethora of fascinating medical history collections to satisfy your every curiosity.
Many of the hospitals in New York are teaching hospitals, like SUNY Upstate in Syracuse. Incidentally, the Hospital of the Good Shepard, a religious hospital founded in 1872, became part of the current University hospital of SUNY Upstate.
One of the sub-collections of the SUNY Upstate Medical University collection is about Fairfield Medical College, which operated from 1812 to 1841. The collection includes a great little memoir by Dr. Mather, who talked about the establishment of the Fairfield Academy and how it happened to be related to the founding of Hamilton College in Clinton, NY.
Afraid of hospitals?
Dr. R. V. Pierce of Buffalo knew how to cure what ailed you. He might have recommended this 1914 diuretic or, if you were really, really sick, maybe his Golden Medical Discovery would do the trick (and "tone the system")
Check out the full list of medical history collections on New York Heritage:
Lourdes Hospital - Daughters of Charity
Rochester Medical Museum & Archives
University of Rochester Medical Center, Eastman Institute for Oral Health