Women as Caregiver Healthcare during eighteenth century was not like it is today. Most of the healthcare was provided by the women in the home along with their other responsibilities such as taking care of the housekeeping and caring for the children. Despite the fact that they rarely received formal training they served as nurses, doctors, dentist and pharmacist for their on families and neighbors. The only training they received was from watching their mothers and grandmothers take care of the sick. The women were taught how to grow medicinal herbs in the kitchen and makeup different concoctions for different remedies by using all the available resources they had or could find nearby. Some women practiced medicine outside of their homes to help others in their community and when they began preparing, prescribing, and advertising cures for certain diseases some of the women had to compete against the males. They started dominating the field of medicine. During the Revolutionary War, women served as nurses so that more men could fight in the war. The women took care of the wounded and the sick by dressing wounds, cleaning beds, cooking, preparing and administering medicine. They also received compensation and rations for their service.
Medical Care Among Slaves According to David McBride, “ For the slaves, ‘real’ health care more often than not was a result of folk healers, grandmother midwives, lay nurses, social networks such as churches, and for pregnant slaves, female networks.” In making this comment, McBride is saying slaves received healthcare treatment from folk healers, grandmother midwives and so on. Slaves were accustomed to dealing with everyday ailments with