From Snake Oil to Medicine: Pioneering Public Health by R. Alton Lee

By R. Alton Lee

With out Samuel J. Crumbine and his Kansas division of overall healthiness, ailments festering in water resources, foodstuff and the typical towel could have prompted hundreds of thousands of deaths within the usa. Crumbine and his affiliates prepared the ground to raised remedy of tuberculosis. This well-written account leads the reader down a course of an important clinical advancements.Samuel J. Crumbine was once a clinical educator with out peer, who used his division of healthiness to disseminate the newest advancements he and others in the course of the international have been attaining in public healthiness. He stumbled on it essential to propagandize a skeptical and occasionally adverse public to simply accept the germ conception, the concept that invisible microbes have been making them sick and they may still freshen up their setting and their meals and water resources. He needed to persuade the general public to depend upon sleek medication, now not snake oil and different miracle treatments for a fit residing. R. Alton Lee's historic account may well provide perception in modern-day chance of chicken Flu and different fresh scientific threats for any reader.

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For the next six years the doctor was “laughed at and jeered more than almost any man in Kansas. ”13 The statute everyone had forgotten was the only law in Kansas at that time that provided for regulation of food and drugs. Proponents of national pure food and drug laws in the late nineteenth century generally were frustrated but finally managed to persuade the Congress to enact a limited one in 1888. Modeled on the English law of 1875, the act attempted to prohibit the manufacture and sale of adulterated food and drugs in the District of Columbia (DC), over which Congress exercised complete control.

On one occasion in the springtime he decided to save time by cutting across a large pasture (in Western Kansas large pastures sometimes meant several miles across). During the drive he saw several “magic circles” ranging from a few feet to one hundred feet across. The rings were bands of dark green buffalo grass, in contrast to the surrounding pale, gray-green turf. The bands were taller, more dense, and appeared as though fertilized, which they were. When the buffalo cows and their calves were attacked by coyotes or prairie wolves, they would circle around their young, often for hours at a time, keeping the marauders at bay.

As in this country,” proclaimed Senator William Mason of Illinois. With his leadership, in June 1898 Congress forced the labeling of “mixed flour” with a small tax and this ended the practice. American “filled” cheese also occasioned European cheese buyers to protest and in June 1896 Congress levied a prohibitory tax on that product. 3 The problem of impure food, drink, and drugs in the early twentieth century, however, extended far beyond dairy products because of the development of scientific processes to adulterate and to preserve foods.

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