Attention to the doctor
If you were lucky enough to come across a doctor who had received real medical training in the Wild West, this might not be the end of your worries. You had to trust him no matter what he inflicted on you. It’s frightening, but people still go to doctors today, and they are at the mercy of the knowledge, skills, and actions that such a doctor performs on them. Of course, we’ve come a long way since then, and medicine has advanced to the point where people can be treated more safely than patients in the Old West.
Indeed, even skilled practitioners had very strange ideas about what constituted appropriate treatment. Some bizarre procedures performed by “real” doctors “include bleeding, removing pieces of flesh, and wrapping the patient with cotton before setting them on fire. Extreme practices like this would be condemned today, that’s for sure. It’s gruesome, but these facts are true. To avoid becoming ill, a person living in the Old West lived as healthily as possible and took good care of their bodies.