Presentation on the history of medicine in New England Feb. 28


Shrewsbury – The Shrewsbury Historical Society, 19 Church Road, will present “A Brief History of Medicine in Early 19th-century New England” Wednesday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m.

How was medical care provided in a world without knowledge of germs or even a good understanding of biology, especially when governments did not regulate medicine or license doctors? Was it all just superstition and snake oil?  This presentation will consider these questions as it examines health care before it became scientific… or a big business.

Presenter Tom Kelleher is historian and curator of Mechanical Arts at Old Sturbridge Village. In almost 30 years there, he has worked as a costumed historical interpreter, trainer for the cooper shop, supervisor of the mills, coordinator of historic trades, research historian and program coordinator.

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information, email [email protected].