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Virtual Lecture - Lotions, Potions, Pills, and Magic: Health Care in Early America

Date: Thursday, November 19, 2020

Location: Zoom Virtual Lecture

Time: 7 pm

Join Dr. Elaine Breslaw for an analysis of the trends in American health care by both professional and folk practitioners from the initial settlements to the mid-nineteenth century.VL-Lotions-Potions-bottles We will discuss treatment of disease, epidemic crises, food habits, childbirth practices, the attitude toward the insane, wartime problems, and public health issues, with revelations about how and why the medical profession declined in importance during those years.   

Learn about Dr. Alexander Hamilton of Annapolis, a highly educated doctor from Scotland who migrated to colonial Maryland in 1737. He’s best known for his 1744 trip through the colonies. He had a thriving medical practice, was involved in local politics, and married a daughter of one of the richest men in the colony.   

Registration required.

Cost: $15 per household for General Admission; $10 per household for HA Members and Volunteers


This lecture will be offered virtually by Zoom, an online video conferencing platform. Upon registration, you will be sent the link for the video conference to join on the evening of the lecture. If you do not receive your confirmation email after you register, please check your Spam folder, or email Carolyn Currin at To learn more about Zoom and to download the app to your computer, visit the Zoom website.

About our Presenter: Elaine Breslaw graduated with a BA in History from Hunter College, MA in History from Smith College, MA in Library Science from Pratt Institute, and Ph.D. from the University of Maryland.  Her teaching career included 29 years at Morgan State University, and three years at the University of Tennessee.   Her publications include: Records of the Tuesday Club of Annapolis, 1745-56,  Dr. Alexander Hamilton and Provincial America: Expanding the Orbit of Scottish Culture,  and Witches of the Atlantic World: A Historical Reader and Primary Sourcebook


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