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1880's: when did licensing start?  

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In the vision, nils tells Lucas Mark needs a "certificated m.d." nils is a veterinarian -I guess. There is a territorial vet in none so blind. In six years and a day, dr. Cooke can no longer practice medicine. It seems to me , he could have gone to another part of the west with no one being any more the wiser. We're doctors licensed back then? Did Sam barrows have a barber license?Did Sweeney have a liquor license? Did Eddie's staff at the hotel restaurant have a food handling license?

Posted : 12/11/2017 7:21 am
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good question Dana..... even about teachers......In Little House on the Prairie.... Half Pint grew up to be a teacher. did she get any schooling or licensing?? Dr Quinn, Medicine Woman, was supposed to have been taught in Boston.

I imagine in the Old West if ya could remove a bullet, crudely sew someone up, treat snakebite, deliver babies and could stand blood and also probably treated farm animals could be a Doctor

Hey.....then Lucas could be a Doctor. He delivered a baby, put a splint on Wills leg, treated every dude who was shot and stumbled to the ranch for medical help. Dr Lucas McCain

A Civil War medical tidbit.......
As in earlier wars, untreated casualties sometimes survived unexpectedly due to maggots debriding the wound -an observation which led to the surgical use of maggots -still a useful method in the absence of effective antibiotics.

The U.S. Army learned many lessons and in August 1886, it established the Hospital Corps
In 1852, the standards were revised to add more requirements:

Some US info on Doctoring.....

Medical schools had to provide a 16-week course of instruction that included anatomy, medicine, surgery, midwifery, and chemistry
Graduates had to be at least 21 years of age
Students had to complete a minimum of 3 years of study, 2 years of which were under an acceptable practitioner

Elizabeth Blackwell (1821-1920), after graduating from Geneva College of Medicine in upstate New York, became the first woman granted an MD degree in the United States.

:cowgirl: "For I know that my redeemer liveth, and He shall stand beside me later on." (Lucas in Home Ranch) :gunfightercowboy:

Posted : 12/11/2017 8:03 am
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Thank you, wildwest! Hattie was apparently qualified to be a doctor because she was a woman. Realistically, she probably did care for a lot of people besides Mark. In three-legged terror , Lucas diagnoses miss Adams' injuries.

Posted : 13/11/2017 7:10 am
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I seem to remember Doc Adams in Gunsmoke saying he attended medical school.

There were no teacher's colleges in the 1800s. Laura Ingalls Wilder became a teacher 2 months before her 16th birthday. In the series, she took an oral exam but it's been so long since I read the books, I don't remember if she took an oral and/or written exam in real life. She stopped teaching after she married Almanzo Wilder. Married women weren't allowed to be teachers back then but married men were. Go figure.

Posted : 13/03/2019 2:48 pm