From Snake Oil to Medicine: Pioneering Public Health (Google eBook)

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2007 - History - 233 pages
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Without Samuel J. Crumbine and his Kansas Department of Health, diseases festering in water sources, food and the common towel would have caused thousands of deaths in the United States. Crumbine and his associates paved the way to better treatment of tuberculosis. This well-written account leads the reader down a path of crucial medical advancements.

Samuel J. Crumbine was a medical educator without peer, who used his department of health to disseminate the latest developments he and others throughout the world were achieving in public health. He found it necessary to propagandize a skeptical and sometimes hostile public to accept the germ theory, the idea that invisible microbes were making them ill and that they should clean up their environment and their food and water sources. He had to convince the public to rely on modern medicine, not snake oil and other miracle cures for a healthy living. R. Alton Lee's historical account might offer insight in today's threat of Bird Flu and other recent medical threats for any reader.

  

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should be a great book right in the title it references the begining of medical practices in the past.

Contents

The Wild West
1
Promoting Public Health
31
Confronting the Great White Scourge
69
Improving Child Health
99
Fighting the Great War at Home
129
The Civilized East
161
Conclusions
191
Notes
197
Bibliography
217
Index
225
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About the author (2007)

R. Alton Lee is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of South Dakota.

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