New Jersey Medical History in the Colonial Period
by Richard Lee McClenahan | NJHS 1925 | 9pp | PDF 182K | $2.00 | D1 The practice of medicine was more of an art than a science in colonial New Jersey. Besides the serious outbreaks of influenza and smallpox, there were dozens of mysterious illnesses, such as the "King's Evil" and "bilious fever." Bleedings, purges, vomits, sudorifics and sallivation were popular treatments, as were herbal decoctions. Doctors were unregulated, occasionally over-enterprising, and rarely successful. Various cures are described, as is the earliest inoculation against smallpox.