This is a complete grade 7 social studies lesson plan that addresses the subject of medicine and health during the 19th century.
This video shows an interview with my grandfather, Jimmy Rogers, about what general stores were like and about what doctors and medicine were like when he was young.
Dr. Stephen Rice Jenkins was born on November 12, 1858 in Charlottetown, PEI. Stephen went to school in Charlottetown, including the St.Peter's Church School from 1872-1875. He went to Kings College in Nova Scotia. He then went on to study medicine at the University of Pennsylvannia and graduated in 1884. Stephen did a year's internship before returning home to PEI.
In the 1900s, Dr. Fowler's Extract of Wild Strawberry was a very popular medicine: "Dr. Fowler's Exract of Wild Strawberry instantly relieves pain, is astringent and soothing to the irritated bowels, has a stimulating action on the weakened system and is a powerful disinfectant of the whole intestinal tract.
The doctor's medical bag was usually used for holding the doctor's medicines and tools. It was black and sometimes made from leather. The bag was used every day.