Pioneer Life in Upper Canada
Doctor's Office
La vie de pionnier dans le Haut-Canada

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The doctor's house often had a special room built onto the side where he would treat his patients.

The doctor would travel many miles out into the country to help people who were too sick to come into the village.

 

There were many diseases that could kill the pioneers.  
Most are now rare or we have cures for them.

What if your village didn't have a doctor?  
(Many villages didn't.)

If your tooth ached, the blacksmith might pull it out with a pair of tongs.  He did not use an anesthetic.

Pioneers believed that some diseases were caused by poisons in the blood and so you would visit the barber for a bloodletting. He would make a small cut in the neck or wrist and let some blood drain into a bowl.

Pioneers sometimes tried to cure minor aches and pains with herbal remedies.  Would you know which herb or plant to use to cure an ailment?   
Click HERE  to try an herbal remedy matching exercise.
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