Medicine in the 1700's
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College of Physicians of Philadelphia
Yellow Fever was one of the many diseases that killed many
people in the 1700s. It was very common for you to die from it because
they didn't have cures for it. The symptoms start with head aches,
chills, and an ache in their back , arms, and legs. Next comes a
high fever for about 3 days. After 3 days, the person's fever goes
away, but only for a couple of hours. After that, the high fever returns
and as red blood cells are destroyed the skin and eyes turn yellow.
Next the person vomitsblack blood because of bleeding in the nose,
gums, and intestines. As the person's pulse grows weak they start
to become confused and delirious. Also, tiny red bumps may appear
on the skin. Death follows shortly after.
In 1678 doctors found a cure for small pox and measles,
but didn't use the cure until 1721. They also had a vaccine to prevent
small pox. Zabdiel Boylston of Boston successfully gave his son
the vaccine which encouraged many other people to get the vaccine.
By the 1700s they didn't use cocaine as much as they used
plants such as herds and widespread. They would some times mix them to make a special medicine.
Leonard Everett Fisher. The Doctors, New York: Benchmark Books,
An American Plague of a True and Terrifying story about the Yellow
Fever epidemic in 1793, New York: Clarion Books, 2003.
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