2011-02-08 -- Medicine on the Frontier

2011-02-08 -- Medicine on the Frontier - Medicine on the...

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Medicine on the Frontier, Medicine as Frontier History 451 February 8, 2011 Prof. November
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Medicine on/as the Frontier New World poses new challenges Malaria Yellow Fever Cholera Early 19 th century debates over frontiers of knowledge End of Enlightenment Romanticism
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Malaria “Mal + aria” = bad air Hippocrates attributes malaria to bad air Classic example in miasma theory of disease Sanskrit writings discussing insect bites Malaria and slave trade Peruvian Bark (Cinchona) Quinine tonic water
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Drink Your Quinine Prevents (and sometimes cures!) malaria You need not alter the environment Rations for military / colonial expeditions Mixed with alcoholic drinks to encourage consumption 10x dose that’s in modern Tonic Water Now banned in large doses Still a favored anti-malarial drug
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Yellow Fever Tropical hemorrhagic disease High mortality rate among jaundiced patients Black vomit “American Plague” Epidemic of 1793 1802 Epidemic and Louisiana Purchase
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Ten and Ten” Benjamin Rush (1749-1813)
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