Dr. P.S. Moser
Posted By: S. Ferrall (email)
Date: 7/25/2005 at 03:07:39
In 1854, or 8 years after the first real settlement of the county (Boone), came Dr. P.S.
Moser to practice medicine. Dr. Moser, the only son of Dr. Phillip Moser had the spirit
and courage of the typical in Charleston, July, 1829. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1852, commenced practice in Muscatine, the same year, and moved to
Boonesboro in March, 1854, where he continued in the practice of his profession until
his death, September 26, 1894. Dr. Moser was a dignified professional gentleman of the
old school, and in his customary dress of black broadcloth clothes, Prince Albert coat,
silk hat and polished boots, was an apparently incongruous figure in a settlement eight
years old, and more than 200 miles from a railroad, with a radius in which to practice
of 25 to 50 miles over roads difficult to imagine. If any commmented on Dr. Moser's dress
or manners such comments were carefully guarded for woe unto him who took liberties with
Dr. Moser. For many years he was called far and near in difficult and dangerous cases,
so great was his reputation as a physician and surgeon. We have a record of 105 capital
operations to his credit. Dr. Moser of Charleston, South Carolina, was born South
Carolinian, indifferent and careless as to business or money, courteous, loyal and true,
and a failure as measured by the money standards of a Northerner. Dr. Moser was the
first president of the Central District Medical Society organized at Boone in June 1874.
He was a member of Iowa State Medical Society in 1883 but on account of his disregard of
money and of business affairs his membership was irregular, he only paid his dues when
he attended the meetings and his membership lapsed in the interval.
-source: "History of Medicine in Iowa", D.S. Fairchild, M.D., F.A.C.S., reprinted from
The Journal of the Iowa State Medical Society
-transcribed by Sharyl Ferrall for Boone co. IAGenWeb
-see also, Boone co. document board for a brief history of the Boone co. Medical Soc.
Boone Biographies maintained by Jan Bony.
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