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Sunday, January 5, 2014

Physics


Physicians in the old records were called "physics".  Just as new settlers into Georgia struggled to locate fertile lands and to raise families, doctors in the back woods had limited abilities. They were also apothecarys and dispensed local herbs and brews.  A study of the old wills and other documents reveals medical expressions and words with which were are not familiar.  For example, consumption was tuberculosis and gout, "Podagra" (elevated levils of uric acid in the blood affecting the big toe. People who resided inland on plantations believed that the hot summers caused malaria and other fevers, and spent the season in town or at the seashore.  Physicians travelled great distances at their own expense to treat the community.  Oftentimes, the pay was a chicken or goat.

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