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

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

Time: May 30, 2015 at 9:30am to May 31, 2015 at 5pm
Location: Old Sturbridge Village
Street: 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
City/Town: Sturbridge
Website or Map: http://www.osv.org
Phone: 800-SEE-1830
Event Type: osv, healthcare, event
Organized By: Old Sturbridge Village
Latest Activity: Dec 18, 2014

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A Pound of Cure: Health Care in the 19th Century at Old Sturbridge Village

This new event celebrates the medical practices of the early 19th century.

Throughout the day, visitors will meet costumed interpreters depicting medical experts of the period, including a travelling 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.

Costumed historians will also be offering tours of the Village gardens and the Woodland Walk to discuss medicinal plants.

Plus, visitors will have a chance to see antique medical implements from Old Sturbridge Village’s collection and learn how they were used.

On Sunday, the Village will host a re-created funeral, and visitors will have a chance to learn more about how families cared for the sick during their final illness in addition to 1830s funerary practices.

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