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Explore the National Library of Medicine's collection of historical texts and images including cartoons and illustrations that comment on the medical questions of the day.

Early American medical practice included professional methods borrowed from England and Europe, and widely observed home remedies. The National Library of Medicine's collections contain numerous texts that were available to doctors and surgeons, and healers and families of the time. Featured here, as part of Every Necessary Care and Attention is a selection of materials on medical treatments, home remedies, dentistry, surgery, military medicine, and vaccination.