Q&A: Learn About 18th-century Medicine with Dr. James Craik
Q: Emily from Jenks asks: Was Dr. Craik an actual person in real life?
A: Yes, I lived from July 1730 – February 6, 1814.
Q: Bella from Jenks asks: Is Dr. Craik Scottish?
A: Yes, I was born in in the parish of Kirkbean, County Kirkcudbright, near Dumfries in Scotland.
Q: Olivia from Mr. Ramsey’s class in Shawnee wants to know if you had schools back then?
A: Yes, there were schools in the 18th Century. Most were one room schoolhouses. Some students learned at home from Tutors. Some learned trades as appentices.
Q: Ella from Noble asks: Do you know when Dr. Craik started his doctor training?
A: I started my medical education at the University of Edinburgh, when I was 10 years old.
Q: Brendon from Norman asks: What year did you become a doctor?
A: In 1750 at the age of 20.
Q: A student from Epic Charter School asks: Why would you fight Indians?
A: We fought against the Northwest tribes during the French and Indian War. The war was against the French over land. The Northwest Tribes sided with the French and the Southeast Tribes fought with us (The English).
Q: Angel from Shawnee asks: Was Dr. Craik in the Revolutionary War?
A: Yes, as a matter of fact I was the Chief Phyician and Surgeon General of the Army.
Q: Max from Jenks asks: Did you ever know Alexander Hamilton?
A: I encountered him during the Revolutionary war. I remember him from the Battle of Yorktown.
Q: Marysiah asks: Did you use the same weapons in wars that we use today?
A: If your doctors use Sabres, or sword, then yes. If they use other weapons, then no.
Q: Carol asks: Did you ever get grossed out when your on the job?
A: There were a few times that my stomach was turned at the site of some disease or injury, but as a doctor it is my duty to work through this and to help them.
Q: Teagen from Shawnee asks: Did Dr. Craik discover any medicine?
A: No, I am not responsible for the discovery of any new medicines.
Q: Amy asks: What was your favorite thing about being a doctor?
A: My favorite thing is being able to help people who are sick and injured.
Q: Isabella from Jenks is wondering what kind of clothes you wore?
A: In the winter, my clothes are mostly made of wool, and in the summer they are mostly made of linen. I usually wear a suit that has a pair of knee breeches, a waistcoat, a cravat (18th century neck tie) and a jacket.