The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon is a fully engrossing story, filled with engaging and beloved characters, rich historical detail, adventure, and romance. It is also a treasure trove of medical stories – trauma, infection, diseases of poor nutrition, maladies of all kinds. Outlander chronicles the determination and desperation of a healer who has 20th century knowledge but cares for her patients in the 18th century with only the resources of the time (and those she can improvise).
What started for me as a way to pass the time while sidelined after knee surgery has become a hobby. I enjoy taking a closer look at Claire’s medical practice in the 18th century, both in the books and the television adaptation, and considering how advances in medicine have changed (or have not changed) the way the same ailments are treated today. For those who share an interest in exploring the Medicine of Outlander, please enjoy!
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