What made a Doctor in the year 1800? How is medicine different today? How will this change medicine for the future?
Students will create their own answers to these questions as they explore the world of Doctor Samuel Thompson. Students will examine the complex life Thompson lived being both a doctor and a farmer, as well as a patriot and a slave owner – by becoming his apprentices!
From inside of his 18th century home, students will discover the origins of American medicine and examine its progression into the 21st century. Students will learn about the viruses that Thompson dealt with daily and diagnose their classmates using primary documents. Then, using this diagnosis, students will create their own pills, grinding herbs using mortars and pestles just like a doctor would have at that time. They will then be challenged by a real-life healthcare professional to conduct a patient-interview to diagnose a mysterious 21st century illness! Students are given the opportunity to ask their own questions about medicine, disease and illness, and are encouraged to engage in a discussion with a medical professional about the future of the medical field.
We support NY State and Common Core Standard learning. Students use artifacts, primary sources and secondary documents, as well as participate in an exchange of ideas, critical thinking and peer collaboration.
Duration: 1 hr
Per Student Fee: 8
Teacher Fee: No Fee for Teachers
Chaperone Fee: We encourage chaperone participation of up to 5 chaperones, and do not charge chaperones in exchange for their support during group activities in the program.
Location: The Thompson House
Address: 91 North Country Rd, East Setauket, NY 11733