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
Cathartic
Emetic
Tincture per oz
Blisters to ankles and wrists
Bleeding
$1

A visit
Tooth Extraction
$2

Administration fee for therapy

$5-20

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

$50
Amputation
Trepanning (skull-boring)

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