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Ranch Medicine subject of talk at Phippen Museum

Local author and historian Jody Drake will present “On the Arizona Frontier: Ranch Medicine” at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, at the Phippen Museum. The talk is free with museum admission, and will cover what frontier families had to deal with when doctors weren’t available.

Many early residents learned that local plants and other resources held the answer for curing different illnesses. Chew a little willow bark for a headache, make a tea rich in vitamin C with pine needles, and close up cuts with spider webs. These and other “home” remedies were commonplace on the Arizona frontier.

Drake has performed throughout the state and her first-person presentations mix the rich stories of the West with an enchanting combination of humor and fact. She also will explore the fascinating contents often included in the typical frontier medical bag, allowing attendees to take an in-depth look at some of the tools and instruments used in late 1800s Arizona.

The Phippen Museum is located at 4701 Highway 89. For more information, call 928-778-1385 or visit


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