Wednesday, August 1, 2012

What in the world is Foxglove?

Allison Bruning's Book Club
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"Have you any foxglove?" she (Anna) asked, changing the subject.
"Foxglove? Whatever for? You have no heart condition."(Alexander answered)
"Alexander, please do me this service and make my passing easier."
He looked at her in horror. "No! I will not aid in the murder of my own sister! You can overcome this."
"I saw the pain my husband endured and I will not experience it."
"Then let the smallpox overtake you. I won't kill you. I'd rather tend to your illness."
What in the world is Foxglove?
Alexander Turner is a physician during the middle 18th century. Unlike physicians of today, many people did not trust doctors nor were there many doctors around. When reading Calico,  you should remember this is the time in our history when ailments were still being treated with leeches and bloodlettings. Doctors trained in European medicals schools were hard to come by. Most people relied on folk remedies than to ever see a doctor. Doctors and scientists are still studying the human body. 
As a European trained physician, Alexander has an arsenal of medical knowledge at his disposal, including ancient remedies that have proven to work time and time again. One of these remedies is Foxglove. Foxglove had been used to treat heart conditions since ancient Greece. We still use it today to help those who have heart problems.


We know it as......................Digitalis




QUESTIONS TO PONDER

Do you think it was cowardly of Anna to ask her brother to give her something that will kill her?

Anna had planned for her twin daughters' future by asking her brother to take them to the Shawnee. Do you think it was hard for Anna to plan this while she knew she was dying?
What kind of mother do you think she is?

If you were in Anna's place what would you have done?

How are you enjoying the book so far?

What kind of mother do you think she is?

If you were in Anna's place what would you have done?

How are you enjoying the book so far?


















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