User menu
Main menu

Mary Seacole; successfully treats cholera

60 second histories

This video covers:  The early life of Mary Seacole, and her first experience of treating cholera victims in Panama. 

Free to view
I finally returned to Jamaica in eighteen twenty five where upon my return I nursed my old patroness through an illness only returning to my family at Blundell Hall after she had passed away. I worked along side my mother for a while and was occasionally called to assist at the army hospital at Up Park Camp. It was my half-brother Edward who took me to Panama. Edward had followed in the family business by opening a hotel for American travellers and it was in eighteen fifty-one when I travelled to Cruces to see him, just in time for a terrible outbreak of cholera. I was literally on hand to nurse the first victim who managed to survive the illness after I had treated him with a variety of remedies including mustard rubs and poultices. Once people heard of my success, a succession of cholera victims were brought to me for treatment as the infection began to spread. I treated the poor for free but the rich had to pay for their treatment.
Medicine & Health
Victorian Reformers
Black History
Key people
Victorian Reformers
Medicine & health
Mary Seacole
Key words: 
Short history video, history resource, school history, history video, history clip, Medicine through Time, Medicine through the ages, medicine, health, reform, Victorian reform, reformist, reformer, GCSE, AQA, Edexcel, OCR, EDUQAS, Mary Seacole, Jamaica, Kingston, Caribbean, nurse, healer, medicine, medicine & health, Blundell Hall, Seacole, Panama, cholera, KS4, key stage 4, key stage 4 history, secondary, KS4 videos, KS4 clips, KS4 history, KS4 videos, KS4 history film, KS4 history clip, Victorian, Victorian Reformer, Victorian reformers, Y9, Y10, Y11, Year 9, year 10, year 11,