Friday, March 15, 2013

The Doctor

Marsico, Katie. The Doctor. (Colonial People.) New York: Marshall Cavendish, 2012.

There is a great deal of information on the practice of medicine in the Colonial Period of United States history in this small book. It contrasts the preparation for the profession in this country mostly by apprenticeship with the more formal training provided in Europe. It discusses the distrust of Native American remedies by the medical profession but the popularity of them with the general population. The book is probably most appropriate for a middle school audience contentwise, although the layout and typefaces suggest that the book was intended for a younger audience.  This would be a useful book for youngsters who have Colonial ancestors who were doctors or barbers or for those whose ancestors may have had a documented illness where they were treated by doctors or using folk remedies.

This is part of the Friday series on children's literature and genealogy.

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