Dr. Henry Manning practiced medicine in Youngstown, Ohio from around 1811 until his death in 1869. He served as a surgeon in the Ohio Militia during the War of 1812. He was one of two doctors in the town of about 400 people. He traveled to patients' homes on horseback on dirt roads at all… Continue reading Dr. Manning’s 1834 daybook
Work on the new display cases in Cushwa Hall (home of the Bitonte School of Health and Human Services) continues. There are new items in the four cases near the Lincoln Avenue entrance. These cases now feature artifacts from a wonderful recent donation to the museum from a local surgeon. You can read more about… Continue reading Student nurses back in class
The museum's 1952 Emerson Iron Lung is on its way across the country in a comfy climate controlled, air-ride equipped trailer. It was picked up last week and will travel to San Francisco to be part of a documentary on the life of a woman who lived in an iron lung for more than 60… Continue reading Bon Voyage!
The first of the new display cases in Cushwa Hall were filled this morning! After a new paint job and a good cleaning, the display cases looked good in their new location. This is the main entrance to the College of Health and Human Services from Lincoln Avenue. During class changes, this hallway is pretty… Continue reading First items displayed in Cushwa Hall
Exciting news- the museum is relocating to the campus core! This is a very good opportunity for the museum to strengthen its ties with the university's academic courses and be part of the cluster of museums already in the campus core. I am excited about the new partnerships and programs that will come out of… Continue reading Takin’ the Show on the Road!
"All doctors have to put on a bold front. [...] I am not ashamed to confess that I do not know it all. Probably never will. I do try to use the best things and methods that rational science has to officer. All medicine has much yet to learn." So writes Dr. Amos Betterman in… Continue reading Dr. Betterman and the story of how modern medicine came to a small town (1868-1910)
During World War I, the United States aided the Allies' fight by setting up Base Hospitals in Europe. Base Hospital 31 was organized in Youngstown, OH in the beginning of 1917. The $50,000 needed to supply the hospital was funded by donations from the citizens and staffed by 300 volunteers from the local medical community… Continue reading Youngstown and World War I medicine
Last week, I had a call from a woman who wanted to donate something to the museum. She explained the item to me over the phone, and since we didn't have anything like it in the collection, we made an appointment for her to bring them in. This is what she brought: She told me… Continue reading Baby shoes!
[This post was researched and written by a Respiratory Care student who studied at the museum this semester.] The Davidson Pneumothorax Apparatus was patented in 1933 by Louis R. Davidson, a tuberculosis specialist. It was used to treat tuberculosis by causing an artificial pneumothorax (collapsing the lung by directly introducing air in the chest cavity). … Continue reading Pneumothorax Apparatus
[This post was researched and written by a Respiratory Care student who studied at the museum this semester.] The Jones Motor Basal respirometer, manufactured in 1937, was created by the medical doctor, Horry M. Jones. The Jones Motor was a device used to look into a patient's breathing patterns by using calculations for understanding breathing… Continue reading What is that?!