A Friend to All: The Life and Contributions of Dr. John Fuller Weld (1808-1892)
The life and contributions of Dr. John Fuller Weld reflect the history of nineteenth-century communities, the practice of humoral medicine, and the interwoven and dependent relationships found in a growing community on the edge of the western frontier. Through an interpretation of nine of his personal letters, the life of Dr. Weld unfolds to reflect his life in Nauvoo, Illinois beginning with the seven year Mormon period, and up to the growing changes of the twentieth century. His letters reflect his strongly held political and religious opinions all the while retaining varied friendships amidst a time of religious and political strife.
Rosemary Pollock has a master's degree in US History from UCLA and another from the University of California at Santa Barbara with a focus on the History of Science and Medicine. She is a (2003) Historic-Deerfield fellow and researched the life of Dr. John Fuller Weld while serving as a Nauvoo Illinois Temple Missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from April to November of 2012.
She has also published several journal articles on eighteenth-century colonial New England physicians and their use of European medical texts. She is currently researching the life and contributions of colonial New England physician Dr. Thomas Williams (1718-1775) of Deerfield, Massachusetts.