Steven D. Branting

The Pox, The Flux and Other Maladies

Pioneer towns of the Old West were far from healthy places in the days before antibiotics and emergency rooms. In the days when medical care that was crude at best, young and old alike faced accidental injury and death, water-born disease and uncontrollable epidemics. You could quite literally die of a broken finger. This presentation tells the stories of what it was like to get sick, suffer and die on the Idaho frontier, and how families cared for the dead in the days when undertakers were better furniture makers than morticians.