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Gone to the GraveBurial Customs of the Arkansas Ozarks, 1850-1950$
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Abby Burnett

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781628461114

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2015

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781628461114.001.0001

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Keeping Death at Bay

Keeping Death at Bay

(p.3) Chapter One Keeping Death at Bay
Gone to the Grave

Abby Burnett

University Press of Mississippi

Before the creation of antibiotics and vaccines, pure food and drug laws, and safety standards, there were many unusual ways in which to die. Both the most common causes (tuberculosis, burning to death) as well ones all but unknown today (rabies, bleeding) are discussed. This chapter examines the training of early Arkansas doctors, and the therapies once believed to prolong life or aid healing, such as visiting spa towns to drink medicinal spring water, the fresh air cure for TB, or the use of such folk superstitions as madstones and Biblical charms. Medicine shows, plant-based home remedies and patent medicines are also discussed.

Keywords:   Tuberculosis, Rabies, Madstones, Medicine shows, Patent medicine

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