Colonial Medicines & Their Uses

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@ Colonel Benjamin Stephenson House | Edwardsville, IL

On April 14 at 2pm, the 1820 Col. Stephenson House will present “Colonial Medicines and Their Uses”. This is the second installment of a two-part medical presentation conducted by area medical historian and 18th century reenactor  John Murphy. Mr. Murphy has portrayed an 18th century French barber surgeon named Joseph la Bollé for over thirty years at reenactments, lectures at medical schools,  secondary schools, universities, as well as at numerous historic sites across the country. This presentation discusses, in detail, medicines used to treat a variety of illnesses and maladies suffered by colonial Americans.  

Medicines of the 1700s hadn’t changed much over the centuries; treatments were rather archaic with some treatments based on supposition and simple observations instead of in depth medical study. Oftentimes patients had a better chance of surviving what ailed them then what a physician was going to prescribe to cure them. Attendees of this lecture will learn about simple herbal remedies found in a kitchen garden, as well as, more complex concoctions used to treat English pox.


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