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Medicine and the Mormons: An Introduction to the History of Latter-Day Saint Health Care

Divett, Robert T.

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ISBN 10: 088290194X / ISBN 13: 9780882901947
Editorial: Horizon Publishers, Bountiful, Utah, 1981
Condición: Near Fine Encuadernación de tapa dura
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First Edition. Near Fine. Hardcover; white cloth; brown titles; no jacket; 222 pp.; two pin-sized holes in bottom corner of the front cover, else a clean and crisp copy. Scarce. N° de ref. de la librería 004684

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Título: Medicine and the Mormons: An Introduction to...

Editorial: Horizon Publishers, Bountiful, Utah

Año de publicación: 1981

Encuadernación: Hardcover

Condición del libro:Near Fine

Condición de la sobrecubierta: No Jacket

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This captivating history begins in a time when the "old school" of American medicine over-emphasized bloodletting and purging, usually by means of massive doses of calomel, and use of "mineral" medications such as arsenic and strychnine, methods that eased many a person to a premature death. Is it any wonder that Joseph Smith, Brigham Young and many others on the American frontier preferred faith healing and the botanic medicine of Samuel Thomson? This second edition of the classic "Medicine and the Mormons" provides a wealth of information presented in a readable and usable format on a subject that accommodates the interests of many including: * A thoroughly interesting and entertaining overview of medicine as it was practiced during the 18th through early 20th centuries * A close examination of the medical problems encountered by Joseph Smith and his family prior to the restoration of the Church in 1830 * Descriptions of the health issues encountered in the Mormon movement westward, including the cholera endemic that ravaged Zion's camp and the difficulties of the Missouri colonization * A revealing look at the severe medical challenges posed by the settlement of the city of Nauvoo, in the swampy lowlands of the Mississippi River shore. * Details of the formidable medical problems encountered in the westward migration of the Mormons and in the epic march of the Mormon Battalion. * Descriptions of botanical remedies used during the Utah territorial period * An account of Brigham Young's callings of missionaries and women to the East to attend medical schools * Glimpses into the important role of the Relief Society in the training of doctors, midwives and nurses and running of an early Utah hospital * Commentary on the LDS Hospital system

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With his careful documentation and objective style, it's apparent how author Robert T. Divett, M. A., Ed. D. won the Medical Library Association's Gottlieb Prize for the year's best article on the history of medicine twice. He was said to be one of the top two or three LDS medical historians and this book, Medicine and the Mormons, is a landmark contribution to both Mormon and medical history.He was Assistant Medical Librarian at Vanderbilt University from 1954 to 1956, Assistant Professor of Library Science and Medical Librarian at the University of Utah from 1956 to 1962 and Medical Sciences Librarian at the University of New Mexico from 1963 - 1977. He was also Associate Professor at UNM from 1963 to 1981 and Emeritus Professor of Medical Bibliography at UNM in 1981.

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