How It Used To Be: Doctors And House Calls

By | May 22, 2019

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The Doctor. Source: (Wikipedia)

Back in the 1800s, it was common practice for family doctors to go to the homes of their patients rather than the patients going to see them. Even in the middle of the night, if there was an emergency, they could be called upon to go to the patient’s home. Obviously, the care the patients received in their homes was limited because doctors were only able to bring a limited amount of equipment and supplies with them especially if they were on foot or on horseback. They usually carried their medical bags along with a few other items. 

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Civil War Doctors. Source: (

Civil War Medicine

Doctors and their practices during wartime were horrendous. They had to perform a high number of amputations in order to prevent infection from setting in. Not only were there a lot of these type of “surgeries” being done but they had to be done quickly – even as fast as 10 minutes each. Because of these undesirable experiences during wartime, a lot of these doctors went on to try to improve medical practices and conditions as they were enlightened and motivated to provide better care for patients.