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Abrams, Jeanne E., 1951-
Revolutionary medicine : the Founding Fathers and mothers in sickness and in health / Jeanne E. Abrams
Alternate Title Founding Fathers and mothers in sickness and in health
New York : New York University Press, c2013
book jacket
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 3rd Floor  E302.5 .A27 2013    AVAILABLE
Gift from Mike and Marsha Santicchia, 2013
Subject(s) Founding Fathers of the United States
Public health -- Philosophy
Public health -- United States -- History -- 18th century
Public health -- United States -- History -- 19th century
Medical care -- United States -- History -- 18th century
Medical care -- United States -- History -- 19th century
Physical Description viii, 306 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 277-287) and index
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
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
NOTE Gift from Mike and Marsha Santicchia, 2013
Alternate Author Library donation, 2013

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