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|Event:||A Visit to the Doctor: Then & Now|
|Date:||October 18th, 2017.|
|Time:||5:00 PM to 7:00 PM|
|Location:||Windsor Historical Society|
This was a seminal time in the history of medicine. In the 1750’s, when Hezekiah Chaffee moved from Massachusetts to the Hartford area, the first medical schools in this country had yet to be founded. When Chaffee established his practice, most doctors thought disease was caused by an imbalance of four humors or bodily fluids: blood, phlegm, yellow bile, and black bile. To restore balance, bloodletting was a common treatment, accomplished with lancets or leeches. Yellow bile and black bile could be purged with powerful laxatives and emetics, or through blistering which involved heating a glass cup over flame, then applying it directly to the skin. The blister that resulted would seep yellow fluid, the desired result. Surgery encompassed bone-settings and amputations, all without anesthesia. Decades after Dr. Chaffee’s death, Dr. Horace Wells of Hartford would pioneer the use of nitrous oxide (or laughing gas) in tooth extractions in 1844. A visit to the doctor was not for the faint of heart! So come tour the doctor’s office and learn about the history and progress of medicine in the 18th through 20th centuries from Dr. Grafe and Dr. Harris. Cost for the program is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and students, and $4 for Windsor Historical Society members $4. Contact 860-688-3813 or windsorhistoricalsociety.org for more information.