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Volume Listing > Volume 36 > Notes on the medical practice of Dr. David Franklin Powell

Hebberd, Mary Hardgrove "Notes on the medical practice of Dr. David Franklin Powell"


Notes on the Medical Practice of Dr. David Franklin Powell: Dr. David Franklin Powell (1847-1906) was a showman and opportunist physician who created many different patent medicine remedies and performed a variety of surgical operations for patients in La Crosse and Minnesota. Powell received a tremendous amount of publicity in local La Crosse and Minnesota newspapers, and he frequently placed advertisements for remedies like his patented “cough cream: that was able to cure aching lungs." Powell often donated his services to poor citizens in need of medical treatment. However, many of Powell’s colleagues did not agree with his medical practices and the Medical Examiner’s Office in Minnesota forbade him from practicing medicine in the state because of his questionable medical remedies and surgical techniques. (4 pages)

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Citation: Hebberd, Mary Hardgrove "Notes on the medical practice of Dr. David Franklin Powell" Wisconsin Magazine Of History. Volume: 36 /Issue: 3 (1952-1953)

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