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In Their Own Words

March 18, 1806

Primitive Medicine in Early Georgia

This entry in a man’s diary showed the primitive condition of medicine in early Georgia, and his unhappy response to it:

“I continued vomiting I then told the Doctor I must take something to Stop it he prepared me some Medicine which he told me I Must [take] I tasted of it after he had prepared about one quart which I believe was made of Sago & wine mostly after tasting I told him it would vomit me after some talk with an angry tone on my part I told him I would take three Dishes of it and if either of the three remained on my Stumach I would continue to take his medicine otherwise I would take no more of his Medicine I vomited up the first cup also the other I then told him I would take no more of his medicine”

Source: Virginia Steele Wood and Ralph Van Wood, ed. The Reuben King Journal, 1800-1806. Savannah, Georgia, The Georgia Historical Society, 1971, pp. 118-119.