Quote from: jaxsue on Today at 01:39:13 PM
If it was a compound fracture, you would certainly have been crippled or dead. "Treatment" in those days usually meant amputation, and sterilization of the operating site and tools would have been hit or miss. Older doctors tended to think that antisepsis was sheer nonsense -- how could invisible bugs cause illness?!?
I think that I trimmed the quote tree correctly....(phooey - it didn't work - so I fixed it the old fashioned way - without the coded tags).
I heard a story as a teenager (40 years ago) about a First World doctor treating Stone Age patients in South America. He was treating eye infections that caused blindness and there were tell tale secretions....antibiotic ointment would cure things, if it was applied for the correct length of time.
Like many people, they would treat with antibiotics until the patient improved, then stop - for whatever reason.
He didn't have anyone stop treating the infection after he changed the explanation from "invisible germs" to an "invisible dragon" that was eating the eyes. The magic ointment put it to sleep. But it took so many days for the dragon to starve to death...if they stopped early, the dragon just woke up hungrier....
I often wondered if "invisible dragons" would get the attention of First World patients, too....
VorGuy stopped taking antibiotics with bacterial pneumonia. He insisted that he was fine and refused to listen to me. He had a relapse while we were visiting his parents, my parents, and his sister (an RN). After his sister (nurse), his MIL (lab tech in a research facility), and his mother (I think it was the line about "do what the doctor tells you, the way I taught you") - he never stopped taking antibiotics early again...unless the doctor changed the treatment.
He just switched last week from med #1 to med #2 due to the second one being better for an abscessed tooth....he still hates taking meds - but he hates an abscess worse.