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Virtual Lecture – Lotions, Potions, Pills, and Magic: Health Care in Early America

November 19, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join Dr. Elaine Breslaw for an analysis of the trends in American health care by both professional and folk practitioners from the initial settlements to the mid-nineteenth century. We will discuss treatment of disease, epidemic crises, food habits, childbirth practices, the attitude toward the insane, wartime problems, and public health issues, with revelations about how and why the medical profession declined in importance during those years. Learn about Dr. Alexander Hamilton of Annapolis, a highly educated doctor from Scotland who migrated to colonial Maryland in 1737. He’s best known for his 1744 trip through the...

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