Can anyone tell me how to find records from a doctor who practiced in Philadelphia around 1916? Dr Samuel P. Gerhard attended the birth of my father and was listed on the birth certificate.
The reason for searching his records is to discover my dad's biological father. The father's name was not listed on the birth certificate. I'm hoping the doctor might have known identity of the father and had background info on the mother.
Dr Gerhard was on staff at the Medico-Chirurgical College and Hospital of Philadelphia and a member of Philadelphia County Medical Society. Sadly, he died a victim of the Spanish Flu epidemic in 1918.
Archives of the Medico-Chirurgical College now reside at University of Pennsylvania. They say they do not have records from old physicians. Same story from Pennsylvania Medical Society and the College of Physicians of Philadelphia.