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The Doctor

The Doctor

by Katie Marsico

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Children's Literature - Jody Little
When Doctor Thomas Wotton arrived at the Jamestown settlement in 1607, he faced many challenges, particularly from the climate of hot and humid summers and damp and chilly winters. Exposure to this climate caused many settlers to become sick, which kept Wotton very busy. As part of the series about "Colonial People," this book focuses on the role of the doctor in the early communities of Colonial America. Medical procedures and common cures have changed drastically from the early 1600's, and readers will be surprised to learn about the practice of bloodletting, including the use of leaches, as well as the practice of surgery without sterilizing tools. Many colonists died from these procedures, which made some settlers leery of doctors. As time passed, many colonial doctors took note of practices used by the native people. Some communicated regularly with doctors in England who were given training at universities. Teachers will appreciate the easy-to-read text as well as the inclusion of an activity, growing an herb garden, which could be carried out in the classroom. A glossary, additional books on the topic, websites and an index are also included. Reviewer: Jody Little

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Cavendish, Marshall Corporation
Publication date:
Colonial People 2 Series
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

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