“Dreadful Medicine” Living History

Dreadful Medicine
Thursday afternoons between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m., June through September
WEATHER PERMITTING
Fort Phoenix, south end of Fort St., Fairhaven, MA
Display and discussion near fort flagpole and cannons

Visit with Ezekiel Hale Boggs, a barber-dentist-surgeon from Oxford Village in the 1770s, to learn about tooth pulling, amputation, blood letting, and other scary medical practices in the days before anesthesia and clean tools were the norm. During the American Revolution the the village barber-surgeon often provided medical aid on the battlefield.

On many afternoons Mr. Boggs will be joined by a village midwife/herbal folk healer and/or a barber’s apprentice. Find out where the expression “bite the bullet” comes from or what might be prescribed to a woman to “regulate her courses.” No people will be harmed (we hope) during these entertaining and informative demonstrations.

Sponsored by the Fairhaven Office of Tourism. Weather permitting. Free. For more info, call 508-979-4085 or email FairhavenTours@fairhaven-ma.gov.

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