The talk for our September 2016 meeting in the Citizens’ forum will be by Chris Robins.

Chris will present “The Good, the Bad, and the Weird: An overview of typical medical care for local residents in the 1800s”. We will examine the surgeon’s tools – our presenter will come equipped with the tools needed from simple bloodletting to brain surgery – and deal with misconceptions about the surgeon’s trade. Next, we will delve into important “firsts” for medical care that happened locally; followed by recipes and directions for do-it-yourself medical care at home. Struck by lightning? Corns? Rheumatism? Chilblains? Chris will have the cures. A few recipes will be made up and provided for those attendees who are brave enough to try them. However, medicines requiring laudanum or hard liquor will not be provided due to a lack of sense of historical significance by the local constabulary.

 Chris has been a History teacher in Cobourg for over 30 years and his family has lived in the area for almost 200 years. His interest in early medical practices stemmed from being a participant in War of 1812 re-enactments for over 10 years. In that time he put together presentations on military medical care during the War of 1812. Later he expanded his studies into what civilians were doing in that period..

Join us on Tuesday, September 27, in Victoria Hall’s Citizens’ Forum. Doors open at 7:00 PM and the meeting begins at 7:30 PM. Coffee and cookies will be available before the meeting. Admission including refreshments is $5 for non-members. Membership is $25 for individuals and $30 for a family. All are welcome, so bring a friend!