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Pioneers in Sickness and in Health.

Alberta History 2000, Winter, 49, 1

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In the first days of homesteading in Alberta, the settlers had no choice but to depend on themselves in tending their sick. Health care was elementary at best. Not only was there a lack of money to pay the doctor but distance and mode of travel often kept the sick at home. In any case, home care sometimes worked and sometimes it didn't. If it failed, it was thought to be an act of God and not to be questioned. To look after their sick, the pioneers used herbs, berries, and roots of various plants in which most women were knowledgeable, having learned it from their mothers and grandmothers. They brewed teas and made their own salves; they set broken bones and knew how to massage the knots out of aching muscles. Every district had its own midwife who helped the woman in labour. Occasionally the help wasn't enough, as a visit to an old cemetery today will attest.

Pioneers in Sickness and in Health.
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  • Category: History
  • Published: 22 December 2000
  • Publisher: Historical Society of Alberta
  • Print Length: 8 Pages
  • Language: English
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