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HERBAL MEDICINE IN PURITAN BOSTON

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Massachusetts Historical Society

1154 Boylston Street

Boston, MA 02215

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MY APOLOGIES - WE ARE CURRENTLY SOLD OUT. I WILL EMAIL THE REGISTRANTS AS WE GET CLOSER TO THE DATE AND, DEPENDING ON THEIR RESPONSES, REOPEN THE TICKETS IF FEASIBLE.

Modern Greater Boston is renowned for the strength of its healthcare industry, from hospitals to medical research to pharmaceutical companies.

Back in the 17th century, though, the major force in Boston healthcare was within the home. In the 1600s, housewives were called upon to be the healers in a place where doctors were rare, and the kitchen herb garden was her pharmacopoeia.

They had a wealth of recipes available to them for a variety of ailments. Most of the recipes were botanical in nature, but many involved chemical ingredients, magic, exotic ingredients, and astrological conditions.

In this reading and discussion group, we will consider recipes from both manuscript and print collections to delve into the world of lay medicine in the 1600s. Two weeks before the event, readings in PDF format will be emailed to persons who have registered. Persons who register later will be sent the readings one week before the discussion and available at the event.

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This discussion is led by Lori Lyn Price, MAS, MLA, a historian with a special interest in domestic medicine and a Member of the Partnership of Historic Bostons. Lori Lyn is a historian and a genealogist whose Master’s Degree focused on domestic medicine in 17th-century England. She is a senior biostatistician at Tufts Medical Center and the owner of the genealogy and history speaking business Bridging The Past.

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