Debating the Issues in Colonial Newspapers: Primary Documents on Events of the Period

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ingenious and difficult Operation was performed by Dr. Hall Jackson of that Place.
QUESTIONS
1. Looking at the opposing pieces on the Chinese Stones, what is the chief argument for not using them?
2. Why might the testimonials for Chinese Stones have been persuasive in eighteenth-century America?
3. How can you explain Dr. Berkeley's affidavit that claims tar water cured smallpox and a host of other ailments and diseases?
4. What are the correlations between today's arguments against tobacco use and those of the eighteenth century?
5. If Dr. Benjamin Rush's medical cures for hives represented the best for America in the eighteenth century, what conclusions can you draw about medicine, disease, and chances for recovery for patients?

NOTES
1.
See David A. Copeland, "'A Receipt Against the Plague': Medical Reporting in Colonial America", American Journalism 11 ( 1994): 229-30.
2.
John Wesley, Diary of John Wesley, quoted in Maurice Bear Gordon, Æsculapius Comes to the Colonies (Ventnor, N.J.: Ventnor Publishers, 1949), 498.
3.
Richard Harrison Shryock, Medicine and Society in America, 1660-1860 ( New York: New York University Press, 1960), 117-66.

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