Betting on Butternut Bark

posted by Sharon November 19, 2013 17 Comments
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Have you been ill lately? Sick enough to go for medical help? What if you had been born a hundred years earlier? How would you have handled your illness?

This year we’ve dealt with surgeries, the ER, hospital stays, infections, and medicines month after month. A friend and I figured out yesterday that if we had been born in the 1800s we probably wouldn’t all still be here. We laughed about it, but really, just think how far medicine has come in a century or so. Here’s a sample of what it was like to visit the doctor in the 1800s. This is the office of Dr. Howard from a small town in Michigan, exactly as he left it, potions — I mean “medicine” — and all.

I would gladly take Keflex or Cipro over Extract of Skunk Cabbage or Extract of Snake Root. Don’t you wonder how many patients Dr. Howard cured with Butternut Bark? How many felt worse after his treatments?

In this season of gratitude, I can say that I’m truly thankful for modern medicine.

How about you? Have you enjoyed good health this year? Or have you needed medical help to get you through?

Linking up with Texture Tuesday, Tuesday Muse, Sweet Shot Tuesdays, and Communal Global. Photos are edited with Kim Klassen’s textures Ugg Love and History.

 

 

 

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17 Comments

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Pienilintu November 19, 2013 at 5:54 am

Great post!

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Molly November 19, 2013 at 10:02 am

Wow, what a cool piece of social history

Mollyxxx

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dalettre November 19, 2013 at 12:35 pm

Ha…that is so cool!

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Tamar Strauss-Benjamin November 19, 2013 at 1:10 pm

Such a good point! My class and I were discussing this as we learned about the Pilgrims!!

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theartfuldiva November 19, 2013 at 1:33 pm

wonderful post – love the color!

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Michelle B November 19, 2013 at 1:44 pm

This year I am grateful that my family and I have been healthy. I am so thankful for modern medicine when we need it! What happened to Dr. Howard?

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Mama Zen November 19, 2013 at 2:30 pm

Fantastic pictures!

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kim November 19, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Cool! I often think about medical practices of long ago and marvel. My daughter is researching Bubonic plague and some of their medical helps are crazy!

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Salma November 19, 2013 at 3:58 pm

My whole house has been ill in the past month…you are so right about the differences now and years ago. I too am thankful for modern medicine. Beautiful shots- love them all.

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nina bille (@ThoughtsImages) November 19, 2013 at 7:16 pm

What a great historical perspective and beautiful Photos … I appreciate also modern medicine, with great respect for the holistic views and the Development across centuries … The muscle relaxants today do make a great difference (I could really feel the difference within days! 🙂

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Melinda November 19, 2013 at 9:01 pm

I love these photos and the story they tell! I am gratefully for good health this year!

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patricia November 20, 2013 at 8:22 am

Great photos and story!

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Pat November 20, 2013 at 4:18 pm

What a fascinating post! Great shots.

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Sheila November 20, 2013 at 4:44 pm

Wonderful post and cool images! I remember the cough syrup that my grandfather used to make – it included many things including tar and onion(!) – it’s weird, but it seemed to work!

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Catherine November 20, 2013 at 7:19 pm

Snake root, oh my! My youngest son has been sick so often this year (and was born with pneumonia) and so I’m extremely grateful for modern medicine… love the photos and thought-provoking post.

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Linda Williams November 21, 2013 at 5:05 am

Very interesting story and loved the photos that accompanied it. Yes, I’m very thankful for modern medicine!

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Prairie Jill November 21, 2013 at 5:16 am

Gorgeous photos and a great post! Personally, I like the Extract of Wahoo. I mean, we can all use a little wahoo, right?!

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