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Sarah Jane Meister
11-13-2007, 07:24 PM
Forgive me if this has been discussed before, but I was able to pull up nothing in my searches. Can anyone recommend books about mid-19th century home medicine? Since I have two littles ones who have had and will likely continue having normal childhood ailments I thought it would be nice to have a store of information about period treatments for these things filed away mentally. Not to actually use, of course. Are there any resources to learn about mid-19th century midwifery and childbirth, as well?


11-13-2007, 10:12 PM
A good place to start would be the Family Nurse, which was companion piece to the frugal housewife. It explains home remedies and also lists them in child doses, so you are getting two for the search of one. Hard copy reprints may be had for about fifteen bucks, Amazon or Mott's media. also, it's not as long as some of the other manuals, and not medical jargon laced, either.


Midwifery manual -

Hope that gets you started.

11-13-2007, 10:24 PM
Are there any resources to learn about mid-19th century midwifery and childbirth, as well?


Advice to Wives on the Management of Themselves: During the Periods of Pregnancy, Labour, and Suckling 1844

On the left side of the screen click on SUBJECTS for more on Pregnancy and Childbirth
Susan Armstrong

11-14-2007, 09:52 AM
If you go to the Feeding America site and search in recipe name using "sick" you will find a number of foods appropriate for someone who is ill.
Many of the receipt books covered illnesses and care.
Susan Armstrong

Sarah Jane Meister
11-18-2007, 10:42 AM
Many thanks!!!


doc paul
11-19-2007, 10:23 AM
A book that I have found to be informative ou the topic of home remodies and "mid-century" medical treatments is "The Domestic Physician and Family Assistant" first published in 1836 and available in reprint from the Civil War Medical Museum in Fredrick Md. among other sources. It is truly a great little book and it may fill in a few of your blanks.
Your humble servant
Paul Withington
Surgeon, 6th Ky