Strange Medicine pg. 1
Bloodletting
Bloodletting
Civil War Medicine
What's Old is New

100

During the 1700's doctors had no knowledge of
microscopic organisms that caused diseases.

100

The red stripe represents the blood that was drawn, the white strip represents tourniquet that was used and the pole represents
the stick the patient squeezes to dilate or expand the veins.

100

George Washington was a great believer of this practice
Bloodletting

100

Stacks of amputated limbs sometimes piled up to
5 feet

100

These are two old remedies
leeches and maggots

200

To explain diseases, doctors relied on
medical theories.

200

The red and white stripe pole we wee in barber shops today is a
symbol of the bloodletting practice of the 1700's-1800's

200

Bloodletting was exposed as a risky and undesirable practice by this year
1900

200

This was used as an anesthetic to reduce the trauma of amputations
chloroform

200

Leeches and maggots were used to treat
headaches, ear infections, and hemorrhoids.

300

Name 3 of the most popular treatment methods of the 1700's..
bloodletting, blistering, and purging.

300

Often doctors prescribed bloodletting but barber surgeons usually
performed the procedure.

300

What killed George Washington?
Bloodletting practice

300

The most painful scene to observe on the battle field was the
surgeon's camp.

300

Maggots helped
cleanse wounds and keep them free of infection

400

This remedy was used to treat respiratory illness
blistering also known as cupping.

400

Bloodletting involved
drawing large quantities of "bad blood" so new healthy blood could fill up the body.

400

After suffering from a severe throat infection, doctors removed
8 pints of blood from George Washington's body,

400

This became the treatment of choice for injuries to a leg or an arm
amputation

400

Maggots were replaced by
antibiotics

500

The average life expectancy in the 1700's was
35 years. Explain why?

500

Bloodletting was thought to cure
everything from high blood pressure, to fevers, to disease.

500

This skilled technician draws blood from people in modern times
phlebotomist

500

When chloroform was not available, soldiers would do these two things to tolerate the pain:
drink whiskey or bite on a bullet

500

The use of living animals to treat illnesses is called
biotherapy