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Healthcare in a Georgian Town Online Talk

By Historian Penny Stokes

Join us for a fascinating insight into the lives of our ancestors as we consider healthcare in Georgian England. Historian Penny Stokes will look at medical practitioners, mortality and causes of death, and the remedies which the Georgians trusted for cures. Specific examples will be from Newbury.

The eighteenth century was a dicey time to become ill. The physicians and surgeons of Georgian times were technically regulated, however standards of training and practice were unenforceable. The majority of country practitioners were wholly uneducated and often plied surgery alongside other random trades such as ironmongery or shoemaking. Treatments varied enormously, quackery was common.  

Fortunately for us, later nineteenth and twentieth century medical advancements have ended or considerably reduced many of the killers our ancestors would have feared such as: smallpox, measles, TB, syphilis and cholera.

2 - 3.15pm

Pre-booking for this talk is required because places are limited. Bookings close one day before the event.

To join this talk, you will need a computer device with speakers. Ideally, also a webcam and microphone. You also need to be able to access the internet from it. First-time users of Zoom, will be asked to download a small piece of software, which will be sent in advance.

About Berkshire Family History Society

This talk is organised by Berkshire Family History Society, a registered charity number 283010.