Medical Wonders

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 10
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1978
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
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Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
ID 323735
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Title Medical Wonders
Description I was in the seventh grade when the influenza epidemic of 1918-1919 broke out and I remember how terrible it was, with deaths and broken homes. My own Aunt Mary died during the epidemic, leaving behind a family of eight young children. The spread of the contagious disease was difficult to control, for vaccinations and inoculations were little heard of. Some folks consented to try "flu" shots, at their own risk. I got in on the group shots at Aunt Sarah's home, for I just happened to be around at the time. My parents insisted that my brothers, sisters and I take every precaution against catching the influenza. Doctors recommended the wearing of gauze masks for extra protection against exposure in public-going to the store and to the post office, mainly, for schools, churches and places of amusement were closed. We followed this advice, wearing masks which Mama made of clean, disinfected gauze. Asafetida was the precautionary medication I hated most during the influenza epidemic. It was a brownish-grey, dreadful smelling substance purchased at the local drug store. Wearing a little cheesecloth sack, containing a small portion of the asafetida, around one's neck was supposed to prevent infectious disease exposure. It probably worked, for no one could get close enough to a person wearing the medication to expose him to anything! There were advantages that came with being sick, or so I thought at the time. I got special things to eat, like sweet soup and oyster stew, and all the lemonade I could drink. I got to stay home from school and got out of doing the dishes. I lived through it all, the childhood diseases, the common ills, and the hurts that came from skinned knees and bruised elbows. Thinking back...whatever the pain or the discomfort, the most helpful of all medical wonders were Mama's soothing word, "Let me kiss it better," Source: Personal recollection of the writer. -89-
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Identifier 103_Medical Wonders.jpg
Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol. 10
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-23
Date Modified 2005-02-23
ID 323699
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