Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet
S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University
of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.
I must admit I am a Clarkie, one of those who avidly devour everything
they can find on the Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1804-1806, who visit as
many of the sites along the way as they can, and who miss no opportunity to
discuss the journey and its participants. We chose "Clarkie" to honor the
more consistent leader of the expedition.
The expedition party embarked from St Louis, Mo, by boat, traveling
upstream to the headwaters of the Missouri River, walked over the Rocky Mountains,
and canoed down the Columbia River and its branches to the Pacific Ocean.
The round trip took 28 months and covered 8000 miles, and the 30 men and one
woman with a nursing child lived off the land over which they passed. Although
they traveled with the medicines of the day, which included cinchona bark,
many cathartics, laudanum, some eyewash, and ointments, they had only the
medical skills of the two captains to assist nature in restoring health.
Iber FL. Lewis and ClarkLewis and Clark. JAMA. 2003;290(1):122. doi:10.1001/jama.290.1.122-a