Cost of Medical Care on the Frontier

I’ve been reading through David Dary’s book Frontier Medicine as research for this blog and came across an interesting list of what it might cost for certain medical treatments. I found these to be fairly expensive in light of what a family might earn. Take a look.

For $0.50

Traveling more than 18 miles
Tincture per oz
Blisters to ankles and wrists

A visit
Tooth Extraction

Administration fee for therapy


Infant Delivery
Curing gonorrhea/venereal disease
Reducing Fracture
Reducing Kneecap Dislocation

Trepanning (skull-boring)

What do you think of these costs and what a family might make?

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