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Revolutionary Medicine: The Founding Fathers and Mothers in Sickness and in Health

Jeanne E. Abrams
Format
Book
Published
New York : New York University Press, c2013.
Language
English
ISBN
9780814789193, 0814789196
Summary
Before the advent of modern antibiotics, one's life could be abruptly shattered by contagion and death, and debility from infectious diseases and epidemics was commonplace for early Americans, regardless of social status. Concerns over health affected the founding fathers and their families as it did slaves, merchants, immigrants, and everyone else in North America. As both victims of illness and national leaders, the Founders occupied a unique position regarding the development of public health in America. Revolutionary Medicine refocuses the study of the lives of George and Martha Washington.
Contents
  • Introduction : health and medicine in the era of America's founders
  • George and Martha Washington: health, illness, and the First Family
  • Benjamin Franklin: a founding father of American medicine
  • Abigail and John Adams: partners in sickness and health
  • Thomas Jefferson: advocate for healthy living
  • Thomas Jefferson: the health of the nation
  • Epilogue: evolutionary medicine.
Description
viii, 306 pages : ill. ; 24 cm.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (p. 277-287) and index.
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