VIRTUAL Historical Cures and Quackery

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Glencoe Public Library

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Registration is required for this virtual program. Which of these facts are true? a) Romans were successfully performing cataract surgery in the first century A.D., b) keeping a goat in one’s house was believed to ward off the plague, c) having a hole drilled through your skull was considered a good cure for headache, or d) Lewis and Clark took so much mercury “for their health” that archaeologists can trace their explorations using the toxic latrine pits they left behind. The answer is that all are true! Archaeologist Ellen Green will conduct a quick tour through some of the odder ways people have dealt with disease through history. She’ll present her slide lecture from London (hence the 1 p.m. starting time).

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Event Type(s): Family Program
Age Group(s): Adult

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