Whenever I read or watch something historical, I’ll often wonder what I’d do if while going to work one day a time portal opened and zapped me back to then. (As if the things you think about to pass the time make sense.) Anyway, I recently watched some YouTube videos on old time pirates. One point they made was that if you were a man of learning who was a doctor, it was unlikely you’d choose to sail with pirates. Unless you were a drunkard or in trouble with the law or something. So pirate doctors weren’t always the best, and sometimes the “doctor” was just a crewman who could read a pamphlet on how to do amputations and had the stomach to do it.
So I was wondering if I were transported back a few centuries, could I cut it as a doctor. And I realized that by not bleeding my patients for every little ailment like a stomachache, I might have more of them survive. This got me wondering if – because I didn’t sleep through eighth grade health class – I’d be a better doctor than a doctor from 1800? I wouldn’t bleed my patients, I definitely wouldn’t blow smoke up their ass, and if I called in a surgeon I’d make them put their instruments in some boiling water first to cut down on infection. I mean, I’d even do the weird thing – for the time – of washing my hands.