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

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

Lotions Potions Pills and Magic Health Care in Early America Health in early America was generally good The food was plentiful the air and water were clean and people tended to enjoy strong constitutions as a result of this environment Practitioners of tradit

  • Title: Lotions, Potions, Pills, and Magic: Health Care in Early America
  • Author: Elaine G. Breslaw
  • ISBN: 9780814787175
  • Page: 160
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Health in early America was generally good The food was plentiful, the air and water were clean, and people tended to enjoy strong constitutions as a result of this environment Practitioners of traditional forms of health care enjoyed high social status, and the cures they offered from purging to mere palliatives carried a powerful authority Consequently, most AmericanHealth in early America was generally good The food was plentiful, the air and water were clean, and people tended to enjoy strong constitutions as a result of this environment Practitioners of traditional forms of health care enjoyed high social status, and the cures they offered from purging to mere palliatives carried a powerful authority Consequently, most American doctors felt little need to keep up with Europe s medical advances relying heavily on their traditional depletion methods However, in the years following the American Revolution as poverty increased and America s water and air became polluted, people grew sicker Traditional medicine became increasingly ineffective Instead, Americans sought out both older and newer forms of alternative medicine and people who embraced these methods midwives, folk healers, Native American shamans, African obeahs and the new botanical and water cure advocates In this overview of health and healing in early America, Elaine G Breslaw describes the evolution of public health crises and solutions Breslaw examines ethnic borrowings of both disease and treatment of early American medicine and the tension between trained doctors and the lay public While orthodox medicine never fully lost its authority, Lotions, Potions, Pills, and Magic argues that their ascendance over other healers didn t begin until the early twentieth century, as germ theory finally migrated from Europe to the United States and American medical education achieved professional standing.

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    This was a pretty great book! As a Health Services Administration major, it was really interesting to look into the history and nature of health care in Colonial America. Unfortunately, I was required to read this for class and had to answer questions over specific points, so it took out the holistic reading experience for me. I'll probably give it a read after term is over to get more out of it.

    If you've ever wondered how this country's healthcare situation got so screwed up, this slim volume reveals the roots of our deep divide over how, why, and to whom quality medical care should be provided. American exceptionalism leading American doctors to dismiss new theories championed by European healthcare providers? Distrust by many Americans of vaccines? Poor people's bad health being blamed on moral failings rather than on the unsafe and sometimes unsanitary environment in which they live [...]

    So far this is a fascinating look at the history of medicine in America. The only trouble is, I read while eating or right before bed, so descriptions of open sores and painful deaths aren't particularly welcome at those moments. I got as far as Native American herbal concoctions that entered into European usage (sassafras and ipecac, for example) before having to pause.

    A must read for anyone entering or in the medical profession. But also eye opening for this who wonder why other developed countries like America have a better healthcare system.

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