Wornall/Majors Institute: Snake Oil and Surgeries
Modern medicine as we know it was just emerging in the nineteenth century, spurred in America by the diseases and injuries of the Civil War. But the era was rife with snake oil, placebos, and well-meaning but ineffective treatments. We’ll look at some of these dubious treatments, and maybe even a handful that actually worked.
Drop-in artifact handling days: Friday, June 23, and Saturday, June 24, 1:00-4:00 p.m. (Wornall House)
Companion program: Wornall/Majors Book Club: Destiny of the Republic with author Candice Millard (June 8 – online).