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Calomel, Cholera, and Science 1825–1865

James A. Ramage and Andrea S. Watkins

in Kentucky Rising

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780813134406
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813135977 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813134406.003.0011
Calomel, Cholera, and Science 1825–1865

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John Esten Cooke, a doctor and professor at Transylvania University, asserted that gases or bad air caused congestion in the blood vessels and liver, and the cure was to remove the congestion with massive doses of calomel. When cholera struck Lexington, Cooke became the hero of the epidemic. He ignored the danger—three other Lexington doctors died of cholera—and administered calomel from house to house. The Cholera Epidemic provoked the greatest fear in Kentuckians because it was so widespread and impossible to avoid. Transylvania continued its excellence as the law and medical schools kept growing in strength and student enrollment. In 1950, the Kentucky School of Medicine at Louisville was created amidst the popular push toward medical schools that did not teach proper techniques and gave students a degree within weeks.

Keywords: cholera; John Esten Cooke; calomel; Transylvania; Kentucky School of Medicine; medicine

Chapter.  8604 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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