What would you do if you became sick during the 18th century? Find out Thursday, June 15th at The Chadds Ford Historical Society's Tavern Talk on the good, the bad and the quackery of 18th Century Medicine.

A lancet is poised to let the blood of a patient
The Society's monthly Tavern Talk Series, for adults only, is not to be missed! 

The history of medicine comes alive (unlike some of the patients treated in the 1700's ;) as the themes, hands-on activities, historian demonstrations, period food and spirits tasting, all ignite lively conversation and ensure that the evening passes far too quickly.

June's medical-themed experience (not a lecture!) delves into colonial health and hygiene.  Special guest Clarissa Dillon will portray an 18th century physician, while noted historian Nancy Webster describes the vital role a typical would play in caring for the sick.

While Colonial America did have skilled physicians and midwifes who would have prescribed remedies useful for today --  fake or quack doctors also were prominent. A quack doctor may be lurking around during the event, so be careful of the bizarre and strange remedies he may prescribe for what ails you!   

Did you know... In 1760, John Baker, the earliest medically-trained dentist to practice in America, emigrated from England and set up practice. In the same decade, Paul Revere placed advertisements in a Boston newspaper offering his services as a dentist. Contrary to popular myth, however, he did not create George Washington's dentures!
Am I the only one thinking that being a silversmth-industrialist might not be the best training for a dentist?

Colonial Williamsburg is a 301-acre living
history museum and private foundation.
Click to visit: Colonial Williamsburg 
The Colonial era apothecary jar pictured left, is from
an Apothecary store at Colonial Williamsburg.
These shops provided a variety of  'remedies' on which
modern treatments are now based, like chalk for heartburn, calamine 
for skin irritations, and cinchona bark for fevers. 

Later it was also discovered that cinchona bark contains quinine for malaria and quinidine for cardiac conditions. 

Colonial apothecaries also sold spices, candles, salad oil, anchovies, toothbrushes,and tobacco, making them true precursors of today's drugstores.

NOTE:  The top 3-physician photo is on a blog by Laura Purcell, a historical fiction writer and 18th Century lifestyle aficionado. Historical Fiction Writer Laura Purcell

Barns Brinton House
630 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford, PA
Admission: $20 for non-members and $15 for members. Tickets must be purchased in advance over the phone, in person or online as space is limited. 
Chadds Ford Historical Society Website