Category: Nursing

Roots, Shoots, and Leaves: Early Medicine’s Herbs

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Ever wonder what people used to cure old-fashioned ills? Before pencillin? Plants, that’s what.  And they’re still being used in health care today. Recently, I had the opportunity to meet a practicing herbalist in Minneapolis, a young woman with a quick smile and quicker wit. Lise Wolff opened my eyes to a different health care world. […]

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Midwifery in the 19th Century

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In bygone days, few women delivered babies in hospitals. In fact, there were few hospitals and they were far from the isolated farms and towns in 19th century rural America. So, how did mothers and infants survive? Midwives were the answer. Local women, usually with children of their own, learned midwifery as apprentices, as did […]

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Childbirth in Bygone Eras

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 Ever wonder how all of us got here? Not a philosophical question. No, I mean what did our fore-mothers endure so that ultimately we came along? To answer this question, I’ve asked D. P. Lyle, MD and mystery writer, to tell us what he’s learned about childbirth in the past. In the 1600s there were […]

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Medical Care in the 19th Century-Part Two

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Last week I blogged about the illnesses that 19th century people suffered along with what they thought caused them to become sick. This week’s blog will reveal the treatments they endured. Because illness was believed to result in internal weakness (or sin) or that the external environment had invaded the body, aggressive treatment was designed […]

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Medical care in the 19th century-Part One

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As a nurse for more than 25 years, I’ve seen my share of changes in medical care. From starched white uniforms, paper files, and long hospital stays to casual scrub suits, electronic records, and one-day surgeries, change has characterized the medical and nursing professions. But, as I began my quest to learn about 19th century […]

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