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Or Perish in the Attempt - Wilderness Medicine
Category: History: U.S.: L&C
Author: David J. Peck, D.O.
Copyright/published Year: 2002 by Far Country
Description: By David J. Peck, D.O.
foreword by Moira Ambrose.
An urgent-care physician with a passion for the Lewis and Clark
Expedition describes its medical aspects. The two captains had to
act as doctors for their own men, Sacagawea and baby Pomp, and
also treated many Indian nations met along the way. But they used
the primitive medicines and theories of 1803, which often called
for doing just what shouldn't be done, or what had no effect. Dr.
Peck describes the trip from St. Louis to the Pacific Ocean and
back, emphasizing the illnesses and accidents, and how the
captains dealt with frostbite, severe cuts, appendicitis,
venereal disease, pelvic inflammatory disease, mental illness,
parasites, skin infections, snowblindness, gunshot wound,
dislocated joints, muscle spasm, and more. Anecdotes from his own
practice enrich the information he gathered from current medical
publications. He also presents medical and anecdotal evidence
supporting the theory that Meriwether Lewis died from suicide
rather than murder.
Index. 360 pages, paper, 6"x9".
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