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No One Ailing Except a Physician

Medicine in the Mining West, 1848-1919

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Hardback

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No One Ailing Except a Physician by Duane A Smith
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From burying scurvy victims up to their necks in the earth to drinking kerosene mixed with sugar to treat influenza, mid-nineteenth century medicine in the mining communities of the West usually consisted of home remedies that were often remarkable for their inventiveness but tragically random in their effectiveness. Only as a desperate last resort would people turn to the medical community, which had developed a deplorable reputation for quackery and charlatanism because of its lack of licensing regulations and uniform educational standards. No One Ailing Except a Physician takes readers back to those free-wheeling days in the mining towns and the dark recesses of the mines themselves, a time when illness or injury was usually survived more due to sheer luck than the interventions of medicine. This book is a must for both mining and medical historians, as well as the general reader interested in the history of the American West.

Author Biography

Duane A Smith and Ronald C Brown
Release date NZ
May 15th, 2001
Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
28 b/w photos
Imprint
University of Colorado,Department of Fine Arts
Pages
160
Dimensions
235x155x18
ISBN-13
9780870816116
Product ID
2249196

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