This small collection includes a student diary of life at UL (1853) and Jefferson College of Medicine, Philadelphia (1854). Most of the diary entries are from Philadelphia (November 1853 to March 1854) and describe lectures and cases as well as social activities and travel.The collection also includes: his parent’s birth and marriage dates, an obituary for Anna Roup Pusey, financial records,a black frock coat,diploma UofL 1853, diploma, Jefferson College of Medicine, 1854.
David C. Pusey was one of nine children, and three of the six surviving Pusey sons became physicians. David’s older brother, Henry K. Pusey, graduated from the University of Louisville Medical Department in 1849, and practiced in Gannettsville. His younger brother, Robert B. Pusey, trained at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, graduating in 1860 and returning to Elizabethtown to practice. Robert’s son, William A. Pusey, gained some prominence as a dermatologist in Chicago in the 20th century and served a term as president of the American Medical Association.
David followed the example of his older brother, moving to Louisville to attend the University Medical Department in 1852, graduating in 1853. He then went to Philadelphia for additional training at Jefferson Medical College, graduating from there in 1854. After a brief period in West Point, Kentucky, David moved to Brandenburg, Kentucky where he practiced until 1900. David's son, William B. Pusey became an ophthalmologist based in Louisville. David served as William’s preceptor in 1886-1887.