Lethbridge: Its Medical Doctors, Dentists, Drug Stores

Lethbridge: Its Medical Doctors, Dentists, Drug Stores

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By Dr. Alex Johnston, John E. Stokes, Irma Dogterom and Dr. J. A. Sherman

In the nineteenth century mainline medicine was more like astrology than science, favouring remedies that have been summarized as “blistering, puking, purging, leeching, cupping, bleeding, and administering poisonous doses of mercury and arsenic.” The age swarmed with pseudoscientific claims now known to be absurd. Until the formation of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of the North-West Territories of Canada in 1886, anyone could hang out a shingle and proclaim themselves to be a medical doctor. Discover the early history of medical practitioners, outright phonies and confidence men in the history of Lethbridge.

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