Dr. Nicolas Harris practiced very early in the northeast section of the town. He and Dr. Baker were contemporaries in practice. They were both charter members of the Rensselaer County Medical Society, organized in 1806. The honor of being the first physician to practice in town lies between them. Dr. Harris was noted for his elegance in diction and the beauty of his penmanship. A gentleman in his polite manners and conversation, he was considered by those who knew him as an earnest Christian. His was an extensive practice, reaching beyond Stephentown to other areas of the county. He served as a private in Colonel Kiliaen Van Rensselaer's Regiment of the Albany Militia and fought in four major battles of the Revolutionary War: Johnstown, Charghuawage, Oriskany, and Saratoga.(Nicholas Harris - b. 8/26/1749-4/22/1819, married Phebe Tibbits. He was from Scituate, RI, the son of Patience and Jedediah Harris). Dr. Brighton lived on the "East Road", and practiced in 1802.
Dr. Calvin Pardee was one of the earliest physicians of the town He came originally from Connecticut and settled first at Lebanon Springs, Columbia Co., and finally on "Presbyterian Hill," where he passed his life. (Pardee was born 1/26/1757 in Connecticut and died 10/27/1795 in Stephentown. He married Rachel Johnson)
Dr. Joshua Griggs came early, about 1810 and lived at Stephentown "Flats," where William Chevevoy lives. He was a surgeon in the 5th Regiment during the Revolutionary War. He died in town, at at the age of 43 and is buried in the Baptist Cemetery. (died 1/6/1813. He married Nancy)
Dr. Cuyler Tanner was in practice at Stephentown village fifty years ago, 1828. He was a member of Friendship Masonic Lodge #95.
Dr. Elijah Graves studied with Dr. Griggs, practiced for years at the "Flats" about 1810, and died there at the age of 84y and is buried in Garfield Cemetery. He was a member of Friendship Masonic Lodge #95. (d. 9/1/1869 at 84y)
Dr. Philander H. Thomas practiced from 1825 to 1840. He had practiced in the east part of the town. He was a physician of rare excellence.
Dr. Beriah Douglas practiced for a short time about the year 1820. he moved to Albany and then to Wisconsin. He was a son of Benajah Douglas, married a daughter of William Douglas and lived on the old homestead. (Douglas Genealogy)Dr. Frederick A. Carpenter, son of Benjamin H. and Asenath Carpenter, was born in Stephentown in the late 1790's. He studied medicine with Drs. Thomas and Tanner around 1835, practiced in North Berlin for one year, then moved to Lebanon, Illinois, where he died in 1865.
Dr. George H. Dickinson practiced from 1845 to 1878, having studied under Dr. Graves. His home and office were located on Presbyterian Hill. The house, built in 1843, is now owned by Georgiana Atwater Beebe. Dr. Dickinson is buried in Garfield Cemetery.
His son, Dr. George F. Dickinson, worked in his father's practice for a short time about 1866, before moving to East Chatham.
Dr. George H. Day began his medical careet in 1872; he also pastored the Stephentown Baptist Church.
Dr. Charles N. Reynolds practiced in the area about 1870. He is buried in Garfield Cemetery. (1848-1891; married Harriet E. Manchester. He was the son of nathan and Sarah Collins Reynolds)
Dr. Lawrence D. Green (1896-1963) began his medical practice in 1920 after receiving his degree from Albany Medical College. He started the Order of the Eagles in Stephentown and was a member of the Petersburgh Masonic Lodge. An ardent sportsman, he was an exceptionally good catcher on the Stephentown baseball team, sponsored by McClintock's in the '20's and '30's. One game was interrupted for over an hour because a dog was hit by a car and Dr. Greene left to administer to it. The dog lived and the game continued.
This is a Letter to the Editor of the Berkshire Eagle, dated July 29, 1948, written by Lawrence D. Greene, M.D.:
"You pointed out editorially on December 18, the catastrophic effect of the high cost of hospitalization for a major operation or prolonged illness on the head of the average profident family. You also pointed out the large popular approval of any plan which would eliminate the worry over this condition. I think those statements are true. You say the American Medical Association has offered no proposal to combat these hazards. I am not a member of the AMA and I have no brief for its opinions, but I had supposed that they favored voluntary insurance for which I believe agencies already exist.
You seem to me further to imply that compulsory health insurance would correct the condition in question. Perhaps it would this particular one, but thorough consideration of all the easonalby expected effects of any compulsory insurance plan proposed to date lead one to conclude that on balance they are definately not in the public interest.
I am sincerely convinced of this conclusion after 30 years of general medical practice during which I have had an opportunity to observe human behavior that may be justifiably predicted under the conditions of such a plan would ruin any chance of reasonable success. I regret very much that this is true. I have always been in the position of your hypothetical case and I can sympathize with him deeply.
I hope a voluntary plan may be found which will lessen the inequities of our present dilemma to a bearable degree. At least let us expose all probable expectations and consequences before taking action."
Lawrence D. Greene, M.D., Stephentown, NY