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Every Necessary Care and Attention, George Washington and Medicine

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The practice of medicine during the Colonial era in the United States included professional methods borrowed from England and Europe, and widely observed home remedies. The collections of the National Library of Medicine contain numerous primary and secondary sources that would have been available to doctors and surgeons, and healers and families throughout the colonies. These digitized collections include material medica, treatises, and popular home remedies.

In addition, the National Library of Medicine has a rich collection of historical images including cartoons, caricatures, and illustrations that comment on medical questions of the day.

Please explore the digital gallery to learn more about George Washington and medicine.

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