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Among his many accomplishments, Benjamin Franklin was instrumental in founding the first major civilian hospital and medical school and in the American colonies. He studied the efficacy of smallpox inoculation and investigated the causes of the common cold. His inventions—including bifocal lenses and a "long arm" that extended the user's reach—made life easier for the aged and afflicted. In Doctor Franklin's Medicine, Stanley Finger uncovers the instrumental role that this scientist, inventor, publisher, and statesman played in the development of the healing arts—enhancing preventive and bedside medicine, hospital care, and even personal hygiene in ways that changed the face of medical care in both America and Europe.

As Finger shows, Franklin approached medicine in the spirit of the Enlightenment and with the mindset of an experimental natural philosopher, seeking cures for diseases and methods of alleviating symptoms of illnesses. He was one of the first people to try to use electrical shocks to help treat paralytic strokes and hysteria, and even suggested applying shocks to the head to treat depressive disorders. He also strove to topple one of the greatest fads in eighteenth-century medicine: mesmerism.

Doctor Franklin's Medicine looks at these and the many other contributions that Franklin made to the progress of medical knowledge, including a look at how Franklin approached his own chronic illnesses of painful gout and a large bladder stone. Written in accessible prose and filled with new information on the breadth of Franklin's interests and activities, Doctor Franklin's Medicine reveals the impressive medical legacy of this Founding Father.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright Page
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  1. Table of Contents
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Introduction: Benjamin Franklin’s Enlightened Medicine
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. Part I: The Colonist and Medicine
  2. pp. 17-18
  1. Chapter 1. Poor Richard’s Medicine
  2. pp. 19-36
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  1. Chapter 2. In Praise of Exercise
  2. pp. 37-48
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  1. Chapter 3. The Smallpox Wars
  2. pp. 49-65
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  1. Chapter 4. The Citizen and the Hospital
  2. pp. 66-79
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  1. Chapter 5. Electricity and the Palsies
  2. pp. 80-101
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  1. Chapter 6. Electricity, Mental Disorders, and a Modest Proposal
  2. pp. 102-114
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  1. Part II: Medicine In Great Britain
  2. pp. 115-116
  1. Chapter 7. Friends and Medical Connections
  2. pp. 117-132
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  1. Chapter 8. Scotland and the First American Medical School
  2. pp. 133-150
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  1. Chapter 9. Colds, the Weather, and the Invisible World
  2. pp. 151-164
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  1. Chapter 10. Fresh Air and Good Health
  2. pp. 165-180
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  1. Chapter 11. The Perils of Lead
  2. pp. 181-196
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  1. Part III: Le Docteur In France
  2. pp. 197-198
  1. Chapter 12. French Medicine and Health Imperatives
  2. pp. 199-218
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  1. Chapter 13. The Folly of Mesmerism
  2. pp. 219-234
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  1. Chapter 14. From Music Therapy to the Music of Madness
  2. pp. 235-250
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  1. Part IV: Old Age, Illnesses, and the Doctor’s Death
  2. pp. 251-252
  1. Chapter 15. Bifocals and the Aging Inventor
  2. pp. 253-266
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  1. Chapter 16. Skin and “Scurf ”
  2. pp. 267-275
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  1. Chapter 17. The Gout as Your Friend?
  2. pp. 276-293
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  1. Chapter 18. A Debilitating Stone
  2. pp. 294-308
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  1. Chapter 19. The Limits of Medicine
  2. pp. 309-323
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  1. Epilogue: Franklin’s Medical Legacy
  2. pp. 324-330
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 331-331
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780812201918
Related ISBN
9780812239133
MARC Record
OCLC
607673262
Pages
400
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-11
Language
English
Open Access
No
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