Medicinal alcohol and Prohibition

The Eighteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which banned the "manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors," took effect on January 16, 1920. It became known as the National Prohibition or Volstead Act. This new law required physicians to obtain a special permit from the prohibition commissioner in order to write prescriptions for liquor. The patient… Continue reading Medicinal alcohol and Prohibition

19th century amputation and surgical kits

The artifact collection at the Rose Melnick Medical Museum includes one amputation set and one surgical kit, both from the 19th century. Both kits contain tools for general surgical procedures of the time including tourniquets, knives and scalpels, capital saws, tenacula, and artery forceps. Both kits also include trephining tools for cutting the skull. Although… Continue reading 19th century amputation and surgical kits