Thomas Jefferson – Patient

Duration: 6 class periods

The practice of medicine in Jefferson's time was based on time honored theories that often did more harm to the patient then good.  Depending on one's station in life, medical care by trained physicians was a non-reality available to those who lived within distance of a doctor and could afford their fees.  For the average citizen and…

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Grade Level

Elementary School

Type of Lesson

Research Project

Interdisciplinary Connections

Upper Elementary school students will use science, math and the visual artsin this hands-on research project which will use the medical history of Thomas Jefferson as a springboard for a broader study of the methodologies for treating illness and attitudes concerning the practice of medicine in early America.

Author Info

William Gilluly
John C. Vanderburg Elementary School
2040 Desert Shadow Trail
Henderson, NV 89012