What happened when slaves in Colonial America got sick?

Most slaves treated themselves and other slaves and rarely saw white doctors when they got sick.

Slaves were quite successful in treating everything from coughs to backaches and snake bites with natural remedies, and many of these remedies were also sought by whites.

Slave women acted as midwives, handling the birth of most of the babies born to slave mothers. Some of the men were spiritual leaders and often served as healers.

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