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Were Cures Worse Than the Condition?

By the middle and late 1800s, so-called “heroic” medicine (in which extraordinary measures to cure a condition often endangered the patient) had been abandoned. However, patients were sometimes little better off calling a doctor than if t...

Empty Yourself

Early alienists typically believed that an insane person needed to eliminate something from the body in order to get well. Copious bleeding and/or purging were popular ways to deplete a maniac’s excessive energy or excitement, but many alienist...

The Push West

In April, 1750, “Colby Chew and his horse fell down the bank,” wrote Dr. Thomas Walker, an Appalachian explorer, in his journal. “I bled and gave him valatile [sic] drops and he soon recovered.”* Pioneers going to the West enc...

Valuable Plants

Though produce and meat constituted the bulk of regularly preserved and stored food, other plants and herbs were also important to Native Americans. Many modern consumers know the benefits of teas made from chamomile, mint, and and sage, for example,...

ZACHARY TAYLOR DIED OF ACUTE GASTROENTERITIS 163 YEARS AGO

July 9, 2013 ZACHARY TAYLOR DIED OF ACUTE GASTROENTERITIS 163  YEARS AGO TODAY Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) The 12th President of the United States, Zachary Taylor*, died of acute gastroenteritis 163 years ago today, July 9, 1850. President...
by JFK+50 on Jul 9, 2013

ZACHARY TAYLOR DIED OF ACUTE GASTROENTERITIS 163 YEARS AGO TODAY

July 9, 2013 ZACHARY TAYLOR DIED OF ACUTE GASTROENTERITIS 163  YEARS AGO TODAY Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) The 12th President of the United States, Zachary Taylor*, died of acute gastroenteritis 163 years ago today, July 9, 1850. President...
by JFK+50 on Jul 9, 2013

Recent Insanity

Alienists made a distinction between chronic insanity, which was difficult to cure, and insanity which had only recently manifested and might be cured through quick intervention. An article written in 1900 by Dr. C. B. Burr, medical director of the O...


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