HOW HE CROAKED
Born: Westmoreland County, Virginia
February 22nd, 1732
Died: Mount Vernon, Virginia
December 14th, 1799
67 years old
Timeline of his Ingury
December 14, 1799: Washington woke up that morning gasping for air and could not seem to breathe. A doctor came and performed bloodletting and blister-beetles.
Later that day: Washington had no signs of getting any better so the doctors near met up and continued giving him the basic treatments of bloodletting and blister-beetles. They also tried giving him calomel and tartar emetic which made Washington puke and poop instantly and continuously.
Late that night: Washington died at the age of 67.
Medicine/ Treatments: How it was Treated then and Now
- made him drink molasses, vinegar, and butter
- wrapped a rag soaked in smelling salt around his neck
- blister-beetle treatment: crushed up poisonous beetles and rubbed them on his neck, which created blisters that the doctor would pop and drain the pus from
- wheat-bran poultices
- tartar emetic
- hospitalization is required and antibiotics are given to help the person breath
surveyor: A person who surveys usually people who survey the land.
poultices: soft moist material that was applied to body parts to relieve soreness and inflammation
epiglottitis: an infection on the flap of skin at the back of the tongue that protects your windpipe
calomel: a chemical that causes someone to throw up
This is what doctors believe today killed Washington. It is an infection on the back of the tongue which caused the protective flap to swell and close his windpipe.