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Scholars Day: April 15, 2009

As a Gargle, Mix Two Teaspoonful and One Cup of Cream: An Archaeological Investigation of Health and Medicine

The 19th century marked a time of dramatic transformation in medicine and healthcare. The literature often depicts healthcare systems as being at odds with one another, however it is plausible that individuals augmented healthcare systems and created their own personalized regimen. This idea will be investigated through medicine bottles recovered from farm sites excavated in the Finger Lakes National Forest. Medicine bottles, commonly found on historic sites, are an indicator of these different healthcare systems. Different factors may influence decisions pertaining to healthcare, such as age, household composition, and gender. Analyzing medicine bottles from these sites may contribute a greater understanding of healthcare practices by inferring different patterns and factors that may influence healthcare.

Presenter: Dustin Conklin (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Anthropology
Location: 33 Hartwell
Time: 2:30 pm (Session IV)