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1 It’s your health. Don’t go to the 18 th century. Colonial Medicine

2 Apothecaries The apothecaries were the doctors, pharmacists, and surgeons of the revolutionary times. They had many dirty instruments and were not very sanitary, leading to wound infections. Many modern treatments were based on the apothecaries’ methods. These are some of the apothecaries’ tools, photographed at a re-enactment of the Battle of Boston Commons, July 4, 2010.

3 Colonial Diseases A-Z Apoplexy(stroke) Camp fever(typhus) Edema (swelling of tissues) Hematemesis (vomiting blood) Mania (insanity) Pox (syphilis) Scrivener's Palsy (writer’s cramp) Septicemia (blood poisoning) Typhus (acute infectious fever) Winter Fever (pneumonia) Yellow Jacket (yellow fever)

4 Cures Many of the diseases from the previous page were believed to be cured by a simple concoction of herbs. If your condition was serious, depending on the level of seriousness, you might just be left to die. If you were injured, your limb might be amputated. Someone would hold you down when you were being operated on. Then the doctor would seal the wound with a heated pan or sew the wound together.

5 Credits http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ ​ ~sam/ ​ disease.html. Web. 8 Apr. 2011. https://hosted134.renlearn.com/51925/ ​. Web. 5 Apr. 2011. https://hosted134.renlearn.com/51925/ http://www.history.org/ ​ Almanack/ ​ life/ ​ trades/ ​ tradeapo.cfm.Web. 8 Apr. 2011. Edwin Tunis. Colonial Living. New York, NY: Thomas Y. Crowell Company, 1975. Print.


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