In Sickness and in Health
Louisa Adams: Science, Medicine, Inventions and tech
Skill: High School/College
Time Required: One to two class periods
Any study of the past will tell you that the 18th and 19th centuries were often “hazardous to your health.” This is particularly true of children, who often didn’t live past the age of five, but it was more generally true of everyone—those who caught contagious diseases, those who were injured in accidents or in war, and those who developed illnesses such as diabetes and hypertension, which today can often be chronic rather than fatal diseases. Indeed, Louisa Adams’s only daughter (she and John Quincy had four children) died in infancy.
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This lesson was developed by Averil McClelland, Kent State University.