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Leeches and Laudanum: 18th Century Medicine

The Colonie (Albany County) Historical Society will host a program entitled “Leeches &amp- Laudanum: Medicine in 18th Century New York,” presented by museum educator and re-enactor Stuart W. Lehman.

Bloodletting and purges were standard treatments in eighteenth century medicine. Operations were performed without benefit of anesthesia or sterilized equipment, however many remedies available in Colonial New York did help and some are still used today. Continue reading