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Subject: History

Timeblazers: History and More Series

"Highly Recommended. Each episode provides an interesting, engaging history lesson packaged in a kid-friendly format. Viewers can discuss what we can learn from history. What lessons have historical events taught us? How have things we take for granted today evolved over the centuries? Viewers can have fun looking Click for more

9. Medicine: Leech a Cold, Bleed a Fever

09. Medicine: Leech a Cold, Bleed a Fever

Shakira (Jasmine Richards) is all stuffed up with a bad cold. She's been trying all sorts of cold remedies but, when nothing seems to work, she starts to question the wonders of modern medicine. Since these new fangled remedies don't seem to be helping, Sam (Mike Ackerman) and Jen (Heidi Leigh) suggest they try some good, old-fashioned cures, like drilling a hole in her head or maybe a goat's blood transfusion, or perhaps bleeding her with leeches would help. In the 1500s, people would head to the barbershop when they were hurt or ill. Barbers started out cutting hair, and the next thing they knew they were sewing up wounds and removing warts. The red-striped pole advertised their bloodletting services; the ball on the top of the pole is where they kept the leeches. Medieval healers thought that worms caused toothaches so they'd hold a candle next to the sore tooth to shoo the little beasts away. They also thought some illnesses were caused by bad smells - so they'd just make a worse smell to drive it out. And 40,000 years ago, when sick or injured tribe members were merely seen as a burden, they were pushed off a cliff. Lots of medical lessons were learned by trial and error because what doctors did know about the human body they learned by studying animals. It wasn't until the mid-1800s that doctors started washing their hands between operations; but after that, it was one remarkable advance after another. 05/10DE IJ 30 min.

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