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
This week is #MuseumWeek2016. Today, museums around the world are taking a special look at the #PeopleMW who have helped make their museum special. Visitors usually ask "Who is Rose Melnick?" The short answer is that she is the mother of Dr. John C. Melnick, who named his medical history museum in her honor. The… Continue reading So who is Rose anyway?
One of our visitors' favorite exhibits, the office recreations, can now be seen in downtown Youngstown at the Tyler History Center! In preparation for this exhibit, I did some additional research on the professional changes in the medical profession in Youngstown during the early 20th century. I knew, generally, about office hours and specialization, but… Continue reading Doctors by the numbers: Youngstown at the turn of the 20th century
This year, one of the major hospitals in Youngstown, OH celebrates its centennial anniversary. The Rose Melnick Medical Museum is pleased to provide artifacts to support an exhibit that documents the history of Saint Elizabeth Health Center. In 1909, the citizens of Youngstown met to discuss the possibility of opening a hospital operated by nuns.… Continue reading Great local hospital turns 100
On Monday night, "The Polio Crusade" aired on PBS's American Experience. The hour long show documented the role of President Roosevelt and the March of Dimes organization in the effort to eradicate the disease. While new advances were being made in the treatment of polio patients, scientists were also racing to find a vaccine. Dr.… Continue reading PBS “Polio Crusade”