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Every Necessary Care & Attention

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George Washington wore many hats during his lifetime (president, surveyor, and businessman, among others) and he was also particularly keen on taking care of his estate and family. He was intently interested in health and medicine, an interest explored by this exhibit from the U.S. National Library of Medicine. The site offers a good introduction via the Explore tab, after which visitors can continue to sections that include At the Battlefront, On the Plantation, Home and Hardship, and In Sickness and in Health. Each section contains primary documents (such as paintings, journal entries, and maps) that bring this fascinating story to life. There are educational resources here, including lesson plans and discussion questions for use by teachers. Finally, visitors shouldn't miss the interactive traveling dental kit used by President Washington to care for his famously bad teeth.
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