In the late 1800s, quack medicine was rising concern in the United States. Harmful ingredients and ineffective medicines were a danger to the health of the country. This exhibit identifies the milestones in the federal government's efforts to regulate the drug market.
Travel back to a time when two thirds of Americans lived on farms or rural villages. Indoor plumbing was rare and homes were heated by sooty wood burning stoves and kerosene lamps. Work was physically difficult and accidents happened often. Serious diseases like cholera, yellow fever, typhoid fever, diphtheria, malaria, and tuberculosis are common. These… Continue reading Medical treatments in the late 19th century
Recently, I did some light research on operating table design. I was looking for changes in design and materials so that I could help a researcher date their newly-acquired artifact. What I found was that after about 1920, operating tables didn't change much. They all looked about the same and had similar features. The biggest… Continue reading If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it