Every Necessary Care & Attention: George Washington & Medicine

Exhibit Author: 
National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health and George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate, Museum
Arizona Health Sciences Library
Exhibit Start Date: 
Mar 15, 2015 (All day)
Exhibit End Date: 
Apr 24, 2015 (All day)
See Hours on AHSL website
Lobby, Arizona Health Sciences Library


As head of household, plantation owner, businessman, Revolutionary War general, and president, George Washington had many different concerns and responsibilities, from running his estate to ensuring the stability of a new nation. Alongside the traditional demands of political life and military leadership, he focused considerable attention on the health and safety of his family, staff, slaves, and troops. This exhibit explores the story of George Washington’s own health and examines the ways in which he sought to safeguard the health and wellness  of those under his care. Washington’s story illuminates the broader context of the experience of illness and the practice of medicine, which during his time was transitioning from a traditional healer craft to a profession.

The exhibit can also be viewed online at the National Library of Medicine's website.

Last updated May 18, 2015 by jryan