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Transcript of Colonial Medicine
and Christian C. We are from Mrs. White's class, and we're going to share some things we learned about colonial medicine. The colonists were not very experienced in the field of medicine. Do you know what would happen if you got a headache? You would have to eat sage mixed with cornmeal and animal fat. Did you know that sometimes you would have to be bled to get the sickness out? Let's show you a picture. Isn't that gross? Doctors actually believed that when you bleed someone, (cutting someone and letting them bleed) the sickness would spill out along with the blood. If you ever got itches in the colonial times, you would not want to tell anyone because you would have to eat one quart of fish worms, one pound of a hog's fat, and half a pint of turpintine and brandy (alcohol). When you were a baby, you would have wolves' teeth or berries on a necklace when you started teething. Tea was made out of ground, roasted toad. It was supposed to be good for you. Every real colonial doctor needed a medical box for his bottles of remedies. When people were bled, and weren't cured, they were considered cursed by witches. Do you know what would happen if you got a chill? You would have to take these items mixed together. Boil a turtle's shell and have the patient take one to two doses. Gross right? Now we're going to tell you what would happen if you got a cut. You would have to take wild daisy mixed with animal fat. Leechs were also used to bleed people. In a colonial medicine box, you would have many types of powder to cure you. Most cures did not work on people, so they learned not to complain very much. Today's dentists are like yesterday's colonial apothicaries. There weren't very many doctors or apothicaries in colonial times because they didn't know very much about medicine and they just guessed on remedies. When doctors in colonial times tried to cure people, they would use minerals and a mortar and pestle instead of stethoscopes and thermometers. Did you know that sometimes doctors would just give their patient a medicine to throw up instead of bleeding them (I actually prefer the bleeding)? This is on a more sad note.
When colonial doctors would bleed a person, sometimes, they would use leeches (awesome right; note the sarcasm). This would cause that person to die from loss of blood. :'( Did you know that pounded chalk was used for upset stomachs? The apothicaries would pull your rotton teeth out, they were also considered more able than doctors. Isn't this gross? Bark from trees was used as a cure for fevers. Do you think it worked? The colonists had a special trust when it came to herbs. They believed herbs could heal anything, even broken limbs and some wounds. Well, that's all folks!!! We would like to thank... http://www.ssdsbergen.org/Colonial/medicine.htm http://www.flickr.com/photos/mr_g_travels/1235068489/