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Thursday, September 8, 2016/Categories: Montana Historical Society/Tags:

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MEDICINE OF LEWIS AND CLARK EXPEDITION TOPIC AT MONTANA HISTORICAL SOCIETY

                Lewis and Clark had lots to overcome on their voyage of discovery, and one of the biggest was that there were no hospitals or doctors along the way to help them out with medical problems.

                On Thursday (Sept, 22) at 6:30 p.m. at the Montana Historical Society Jeff LaRock, supervisory interpreter at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center in Great Falls will present a  free public program, “Bleed, Blister and Purge: The Medicine of the Lewis and Clark Expedition,” to talk about those problems.

                More than 50 people traveled more than 8,000 miles for two-and-a-half years at the beginning of the 1800s with no doctor along – yet only one man died on the expedition. There were bear attacks, sickness and many injuries along the way, and LaRock will talk about the sometimes disturbing ways the expedition dealt with them.

 LaRock will discuss whether it was just luck or whether there was more to early medicine that was brought along on the expedition than is commonly believed.

                 

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