Leeches and Spiders and Toads, Oh, My! The Emergence of Modern Medicine
Abigail Adams: Science, Medicine, Inventions and tech
Skill: High School/College
Time Required: One to three class periods
When Abigail and John Adams were raising their four children, many children were expected to die before age 5 or 6, usually of infectious disease. Soldiers, too, during the Revolution, had a good chance of dying of wounds incurred in battle. Indeed, medicine as a science in the 18th and 19th century was in its infancy, and most medical practice depended on folk wisdom and herbal remedies. As time passed into the 19th and 20th centuries, basic discoveries about the human body and about the nature of disease increased medical knowledge, until today, we have conquered most contagious diseases and the mortality rate of babies and children is much lower.
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This lesson was developed by Averil McClelland, Kent State University.