8th Grade “Good Medicine” Unit

Below are helpful links for the multiple intelligencies stations we are doing for our in-class “Good Medicine” assignment.

Station 1 Interpersonal Station

The Country Doctor Museum

Create a game called “A Day in the Life of a Country Doctor.” The game should include a variety of things that help and hinder a country doctor while he travels to the homes of his patients, what he might find when he gets there, what he will do to treat the patient, what payment he might get for the medical care he provides, etc.

Station 2 Intrapersonal Station

Elisabeth Blackwell’s Biography

Alice Person

Rebecca Lee Crumpler

Louis Pasteur

Robert Kotch

Robert Kotch 2

Pick one of the following personages important to the field of medicine in the late 19th–early 20th centuries. Write a diary or journal entry from this person’s point of view. Include expressions of the attitudes and beliefs that would be typical of the character you choose:

  • Elizabeth Blackwell, M.D.: The first woman to receive an M.D. degree from an American medical school. Recommended sites:
  • Mrs. Joe Person (Alice): As a professional musician, patent medicine entrepreneur, and women’s rights advocate in the late 19th century, she was definitely a woman ahead of her time. Recommended site:
  • Rebecca Lee Crumpler, M.D.: The first African American woman to earn an M.D. degree. Recommended sites:
  • Louis Pasteur: The founder of the science of microbiology and the one who proved that most infectious diseases are caused by microorganisms (the “Germ Theory”). Recommended site:
  • Robert Koch: The German doctor who proved with certainty that the dreaded disease, tuberculosis, was caused by specific bacteria. His innovative research methods led to his being awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1905. Recommended sites:


Station 3 Visual/Spatial Station

The Country Doctor Museum

Use pictures and information from the Country Doctor Museum to sketch a model of a typical doctor’s office of 1900. What furniture would you include? Medical equipment? Technologies (like microscopes or scales, etc.)? Medicines or herbs? Pictures? Include as many artifacts from the Country Doctor Museum as you can in your model office. Explain why a doctor would include these items in his office in 1900 and not in an office of 1850 or 1950.

Station 4 Logical/Mathematical Station

Influenza Epidemic

Use graphs to analyze the data from the chart Influenza Epidemic of 1918 in Louisiana to see if there is a relationship between those who died from the disease in Richland Parrish, Louisiana, and their Age, Sex, and Race/Color. Use the Graph and Table Templates to help you create your graphs.

Frequency Table: The number of times a data item occurs is the frequency of the item. A frequency table lists the frequency of each item in a set of data. Make a frequency table to show which race, gender, and age group suffered the most deaths from influenza in Richland Parrish from 1918 to 1919.

  • Which resident combination of race, gender, and age suffered the most deaths?
  • Which race suffered more total deaths, Blacks or Whites?
  • Estimate which gender (male or female) suffered the most deaths.
  • Histogram: A histogram is a special type of bar graph with no spaces between the bars. The height of each bar shows the frequency of data within that interval. Make four histograms using the data from the Frequency Table you created. Summarize the results for each histogram.
  • Stacked Bar Graph: This graph has bars that are divided into categories. Each bar represents a total. Use a key, or legend, to identify each category within a bar. Make four stacked bar graphs using the data from the Frequency Table. Summarize the results for each stacked bar graph.

Station 5 Verbal/Linguistic Station


Emergence of Advertising in America

Advertising Enfermera

Bromo Seltzer

Chamberlain’s Cough

Corn Salve

Egyptian Tea

Visit the Alice Pearson Digital Exhibit from the Joyner Digital Library at East Carolina University to read about Mrs. Alice Person, from Franklin County, NC, and her remedy to cure diseases of the blood. Read also about how she marketed her remedy to the public.

Create an advertisement flyer that would grab the attention of the people of the day and help sell Mrs. Joe Person’s Remedy. Use the Emergence of Advertising in America website from Duke University Libraries and the advertising categories related to Health and Medical Care, such as Advertising Ephemera. You can use the following examples as models:

Station 6 Musical/Rhythmic Station

Influenza Song

Listen to the song Influenza and study the lyrics (included as an attachment). Write your own song about a disease that affected the people of NC from 1870 through 1930. You may use a melody that is familiar to you (Oh Susanna, Jingle Bells, Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, etc.) and then create lyrics that fit the melody. The lyrics should include information about the disease: its symptoms, who it affected (the poor, soldiers, farmers, women, children, blacks, everyone?), its treatment, its prognosis, etc.

To access the song Influenza on the Internet, go to the Audio Subjects area of the John and Ruby Lomax Southern States Recording Trip Collection an the Library of Congress American Memory website. Click on Disaster Ballads. Then click on Influenza to hear the song played in MP3 format or the Influenza Textual Transcription to read the lyrics.

Station 7 Bodily/Kinesthetic Station

Make up and play a Germ Relay Race to help explain how certain diseases can be transmitted from person to person through physical contact. Write down the activity’s objectives, rules, number of players, props or game pieces, etc. on a piece of paper and put this into your portfolio. Use the link to make sure your germs are moving and acting appropriately for their type.

Germ Types

Station 8 Naturalist Station

Folk Remedies

Modern Herbal

Study the list of plants found in the Country Doctor Museum Medicinal Herbs list. Pick fifteen of these herbs and put together your own homeopathic kit with the Homeopathic Kit Sheets. Research the following websites for additional information about medicinal herbs:

  • Folk Remedies from Health 911 has an alphabetical list of medical disorders, their causes, preventative measures, and folk or herbal remedies that can be used in place of doctor-prescribed medicine.
  • The Botanical.com website has a hyper-text version of A Modern Herbal, first published in 1931, by Mrs. M. Grieve, contains Medicinal, Culinary, Cosmetic and Economic Properties, Cultivation and Folk-Lore of Herbs.
  • Reference Guide For HERBS from a commercial enterprise called Austin Nutritutional Research.


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