Medicine in the 1800’s

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Blog post by Madison – 4th grade

Tonight, we went to presentation about medicine in the 1800’s. Our presenter starting talking about all the injections that keep us from getting sick. Then she talked about trauma, especially in the battlefield.

In the beginning, our presenter described the living conditions of the 1800’s. They had horrid sanitation which would cause a lot of disease. For example, people didn’t have bathrooms. They used chamber pots and they were kept under the parent’s bed. When the pot filled up, they just tossed it out the window. To make it worse, chickens would peck at the waste. Then the people ate the chickens!

When I first walked in, I noticed a table full of rusted metal tools. I wondered what they were for. The presenter set off on a tale about how medicine is different today then it was in the 1800’s.

For example, she pulled up a volunteer and re-enacted a branch falling on someone’s head and caused subdural hematoma. She showed the tools that you would use to fix this. It was scary because it looked like sprinkler with a needle on the bottom.

Another example is when someone had small pox. The apothecary would take a quill and poke the person’s arm with the small pox. Then they put the quill in the arm that a person that was well and this would keep them from getting smallpox. This was the first type of vaccination.

The grossest part of the program when she re-enacted a bullet in her gut and the kids were the apothecaries and had to take the bullet out.

I thought the presentation was pretty gross, but we laughed and had a great time!

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3 responses »

  1. I am loving all the blogs! Everyone is doing such a great job with their writing. Very descriptive. Hope everyone is having a great time!

  2. Your blogging is so enjoyable to read –makes it seems like I’m there! Keep up the great writing and sharing…

  3. These pictures tell a great story. Fascinating part of the trip. I have enjoyed reading your blogs, guys! See you soon!

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