170 years ago today - Sep 17, 1843

[Joseph Smith Sermon] ... continued his discours about 1 1/2 hours speaking of the practice of Medicine --& of Medicine of Quacks & qualified Doctors--of the use of Med & of the abuse of Med.--also spoke decidedly agains Dr Brinks practice--spoke in favor of Doc. Bernhisel --declared that he (J Smith) never lost a patient where he had been the first & only one employed & challenged the congregation to bring instance--they brough none spoke of Lobelia when the patient was too weak to bear it--as being destructive & & said calomel would corrode the stomach when it was empty--said it was a poison--still said it was a med. & useful if used skilfully

[Calomel was blamed for the death of Joseph Smith's brother Alvin]

[Source: The Words of Joseph Smith by Joseph Smith by Andrew F. Ehat and Lyndon W. Cook]

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