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Medicine in the time of Mattie Ross

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Begins: February 22, 2018 10:30 am
Ends: February 22, 2018 11:30 am

Angeline Bushy, Ph.D., R.N., will describe healing practices that were used in the late 19th century at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, at the John H. Dickerson Heritage Library, 411 S. Keech St. Daytona Beach.

According to Dr. Bushy, there were few practicing doctors, and those who were available were expensive. The mother of the family generally provided health care, relying mostly on home remedies and recipes, often found in cookbooks.

Dr. Bushy serves on the faculty of the University of Central Florida’s College of Nursing. As the Bert Fish endowed chair in community health nursing, she conducts research on rural health and rural nursing issues.

Her presentation is titled “Medicine in the Time of Mattie Ross” to honor the young heroine in the novel “True Grit.”

The free program is part of the Volusia County Public Library's NEA Big Read, a six-week celebration of “True Grit,” a 1968 novel by Charles Portis. The NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

Reservations are not required. For more information, call the Dickerson library at 386-239-6478 or the DeBary library at 386-668-3835.