Thomas P. Lowry
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press (April 1, 2005)
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one of many maximum demanding situations confronted by means of William Clark and Meriwether Lewis on their 1804–6 Corps of Discovery day trip used to be that of scientific emergencies at the path. with out an attending doctor, even regimen illnesses and accidents may have tragic results for the expedition’s luck and the security of its individuals. of those hazards, the main insidious and almost certainly devastating used to be the sluggish, painful, and normally deadly ravage of venereal disease. Physician Thomas P. Lowry delves into the area of nineteenth-century drugs, uncovering the expedition’s very actual worry of venereal affliction. Lewis and Clark knew they have been not likely to avoid their males from forming sexual liaisons at the path, so that they ready for the results of encounters with possibly contaminated humans, in addition to the implications of preexisting affliction, by means of stocking themselves with drugs and the most recent medical wisdom from the easiest minds in the United States. Lewis and Clark’s day trip encountered local peoples who skilled venereal affliction because of liaisons with French, British, Spanish, and Canadian tourists and had their very own tools for curing its sufferers, or at the least for relieving the discomfort it inflicted. Lowry’s cautious research of the explorers’ journals sheds new mild in this overlooked element of the excursion, exhibiting intimately how intercourse and venereal illness affected the lads and their venture, and describes how various peoples confronted a standard hazard with the easiest wisdom and instruments at their disposal.