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FOR RELEASE: June 20, 2007
CONTACT: Mike Brown, (775) 753-0386; mbrown@nv.blm.gov

Frontier Medicine not for the Squeamish

The Summer 2007 History in the Park - Stories from the West continues with a presentation about Frontier Medicine on Tuesday, June 26, 7:00 p.m. on the lawn in the City Park immediately behind the Northeastern Nevada Museum in Elko.
The talk, “Frontier Medicine – Surviving the Cure” will be given by Shirley Jamiel.
“Frontier doctors did a lot of painful things to their patients – they bled them, they blistered them, they purged them, and more," said Jamiel. "We’ll talk about the medical contributions of the Army doctor, the Native American, the home remedies of grandma, the Basque influence on healing, and finally the advent of the snake oil salesmen and the Traveling Medicine shows.”
Jamiel has degrees in Recreational Leadership and Community Organization; Applied Behavioral Science; and a Master's Degree in Psychology. She is a "hands on" historian, involved with living history programs since 1971. She enjoys periods of American history that include the Civil War and the 1800s.
The Summer 2007 History in the Park - Stories from the West program is a free lecture series reflecting the wealth of history of Nevada and the American West. Several of the talks focus on stories of the California National Historic Trail.
Sponsored by the Northeastern Nevada Museum, Nevada Humanities Council, and the Bureau of Land Management Elko Field Office, all talks begin at 7:00 p.m. and will be held behind the Museum in the City Park. In the event of inclement weather, the talks will be moved indoors to the Museum Theater. All talks are free and the public is encouraged to attend. Bring a lawn chair or blanket for open seating on the grass.
For more information about the series, call the Northeastern Nevada Museum in Elko, (775) 738-3418.


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