“Two dozes of barks and opium”: Lewis & Clark as Physicians

Ronald V. Loge

in Lewis & Clark

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2004 | ISBN: 9780520228399
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520937147 | DOI:
“Two dozes of barks and opium”: Lewis & Clark as Physicians

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This chapter is focused on the interesting field medicine techniques used during the expedition. It begins with a description of the first medicine school in the colonies, which was established in 1765. After discussing some medical techniques, such as therapeutic bleeding, it then looks at the medical training Meriwether Lewis got before the expedition. A list of the medical items Lewis and Clark took with them on the expedition is provided. The chapter notes that while their medical supplies were mostly opium, laxatives, and mercury, Lewis and Clark were able to manage despite the many medical crises that they faced.

Keywords: field medicine; techniques; medicine school; therapeutic bleeding; medical training; medical supplies

Chapter.  5349 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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