A Pound of Cure: Health Care in the 19th Century

9:30AM-5:00PM Sat, May 31, 2014

Venue: Old Sturbridge Village

1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA 01566


Ann Lindblad



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ld Sturbridge Village will portray common 19th-century medical practices for its new event called A Pound of Cure: Health Care in the 19th-Century. Throughout the day, visitors will meet costumed interpreters depicting medical experts of the period, including a traveling dentist and a phrenologist. As home remedies were the most common cures, historical interpreters will also create poultices, teas, and other remedies from "The Family Nurse," a 19th-century advice book written by Lydia Maria Child. Plus, visitors will have a chance to view antique medical implements from Old Sturbridge Village's collection and learn how they were used.

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