The People's Doctors: Samuel Thomson and the American Botanical Movement, 1790-1860

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Samuel Thomson, born in New Hampshire in 1769 to an illiterate farming family, had no formal education, but he learned the elements of botanical medicine from a "root doctor," who he met in his youth. Thomson sought to release patients from the harsh bleeding or purging regimens of regular physicians by offering inexpensive and gentle medicines from their own fields and gardens. He melded his followers into a militant corps of dedicated believers, using them to successfully lobby state legislatures to pass medical acts ...

The People's Doctors: Samuel Thomson and the American Botanical Movement, 1790-1860 2001, Southern Illinois University Press

ISBN-13: 9780809323395

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