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By Jeremy Agnew

The therapeutic arts as practiced within the previous West usually intended the adaptation among lifestyles and dying for American pioneers. even if the problem was once disease, an Indian arrow, a gunshot wound, or a fall from a horse, a pioneer within the western territories required deal with scientific emergencies, yet usually needed to make do till a physician can be came upon. This old evaluate addresses the perils to future health that have been current in the course of the growth of the yank frontier, and the tools utilized by medical professionals to regard and conquer them. a variety of black and white images are supplied, in addition to a word list of scientific phrases. Appendices record medicines commonplace from 1850-1900 and surgical tools present in a regular doctor's package of the period.

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When bathrooms developed as a separate room in the house, they were rooms used only for bathing. Toilet facilities remained the outdoor privy. Perfumes were not commonly used by women. Body odors were considered normal and natural. Men might use some scented hair tonic when getting a haircut. Personal hygiene among soldiers stationed in the West during the Indian Wars was often less than desirable. During the Civil War, it was said that an army on the march could be smelled before it was seen. ” Army regulations required daily washing of hands and face, and feet twice a week.

Toilet facilities remained the outdoor privy. Perfumes were not commonly used by women. Body odors were considered normal and natural. Men might use some scented hair tonic when getting a haircut. Personal hygiene among soldiers stationed in the West during the Indian Wars was often less than desirable. During the Civil War, it was said that an army on the march could be smelled before it was seen. ” Army regulations required daily washing of hands and face, and feet twice a week. Men with a rural upbringing, who had to struggle to transport their water from a creek in a barrel, often didn’t like to waste it on bathing and, as a consequence, didn’t.

As a result, doctors were often sent for as a last resort, but by then it might be too late. In many cases, patients either got better by themselves or didn’t and died. Any failure to achieve a satisfactory cure, whether the fault lay with the doctor or the patient, resulted in a low level of confidence in doctors. Much of the deep-rooted skepticism of doctors in the Old West was caused by their limited success in curing illnesses. The blame should not be placed wholly on the doctor, however, because most illnesses were the result of infection or disease agents whose causes were unknown at the time.

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