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Early care: home treatment (3rd of 3)

Early care: home treatment

In the 19th and early 20th centuries people often self-diagnosed and treated health conditions, sometimes with the aid of books. The Ladies' handbook of home treatment (published in 1905) provided an index of symptoms of women's and children's ailments and explained what the author described as the 'best modern methods' for treating them.

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Michael Belgrave, 'Primary health care - Early primary health care, mid-19th century', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 June 2024)

Story by Michael Belgrave, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 4 Apr 2019