Guide to the Dr. John Shackford Grouard Medical Record Book, 1915-1916

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Collection Details

Collection Number:
Dr. John Shackford Grouard Medical Record Book
Grouard, John Shackford, 1867-1927
Nantucket Historical Association
Material is in English.

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Preferred Citation: Dr. John Shackford Grouard Medical Record Book, Nantucket Historical Association.

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Subject Headings

  • Personal Name
    • Grouard, John Shackford, 1867-1927.
  • Corporate Name
    • Nantucket Cottage Hospital Corporation.
  • Topical Term
    • Medicine—Massachusetts—History.
    • Physicians—Massachusetts—Nantucket.

Biographical Information

Dr. John Shackford Grouard (1867-1927) was a physician and surgeon born in Allegheny County, Penn. He attended Phillips Exeter Academy, and earned an M.D. from Harvard Medical School in 1889. In 1891, he moved to Nantucket, Mass., where he established his own general medicine and surgical practice.

He served as the Town Physician and medical examiner, on the Nantucket School Board, and as president of both the Nantucket Civic League and Citizen’s Gas, Electric, and Power Company. He also helped found the Nantucket Athletic Club and joined Nantucket’s Union Lodge and the Isle of the Sea Royal Arch Chapter.

Dr. Grouard and Dr. Benjamin Sharp co-founded the Nantucket Cottage Hospital in 1911. Originally intended to serve as a summer facility, the hospital opened on West Chester Street in 1913, and became a year-round facility almost immediately. Dr. Grouard moved his practice to the hospital, where his practice remained until his death in 1927.

Dr. John Shackford Grouard died in Boston, Mass., in 1927 one week after surgery for a gall bladder inflammation.

Scope and Content

The Dr. John Shackford Grouard medical record book reports names, diagnoses, and records of treatment for patients residing in Nantucket and Siasconset, Mass., from November 11, 1915 until May 31, 1916. Diseases as well as births and miscarriages are included. A few cases are recorded by Dr. Frank Lewis.


  • Folder 1 Dr. John Shackford Grouard medical record book, 1915-1916

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Processed by NHA staff. Finding aid by Abbie Minard and Amelia Holmes, July 2018.

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