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Books, Journals, New Media
July 2, 2003

Lewis and ClarkLewis and Clark

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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.

JAMA. 2003;290(1):122. doi:10.1001/jama.290.1.122-a

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.

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