4 Results for tag "Medicine"
Out of Adversity: The Smallpox Census
As a historian, my favorite period is the 18th century. People sometimes ask if I wished I lived back then. The answer is, um, no. I love my air conditioning (especially in these Tidewater summers), my freezer, and my microwave — not to mention indoor plumbing. But I do love …
Spanish Influenza in 1918
In the midst of this social turmoil, the Spanish Flu epidemic was sweeping the country, disrupting everyday life for Martha and thousands of others.
Researching Spotlight: Finding Dr. PawPaw
My name is Emily Zimmerman and I’m a laboratory technician with Colonial Williamsburg’s Department of Archaeology. Part of my job has been to transcribe and interpret entries in the commonplace book, or CPB, of John Custis IV (1678-1749). In it, he recorded more than 180 medicinal remedies. Recently, I came …
London’s Saint Thomas’s Hospital, A Teaching Hospital for Two Williamsburg Practitioners
In the 18th century, it was not possible to obtain a degree in pharmacy or surgery. The traditional method for studying these disciplines was through an apprenticeship, and some students pursued additional training in London hospitals. Based on surviving records, it appears that John Galt apprenticed with Dr. William Pasteur …