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Did you know medics, doctors and nurses used to prescribe narcotics as treatment? Read more >>

Radium water, cough syrup made of alcohol, marijuana, and morphine, cocaine toothache drops for children, snake oil - medicine has changed quite a bit in the past 100 years or so, as has the way that medical professionals are educated. But the ethics of the people who practice medicine haven't changed since the 5th century BCE. The Hippocratic Oath is still taken by medical practictioners and says in part:
"I will remember that there is art to medicine as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon's knife or the chemist's drug.
I will not be ashamed to say "I know not," nor will I fail to call in my colleagues when the skills of another are needed for a patient's recovery.
I will respect the privacy of my patients, for their problems are not disclosed to me that the world may know. Most especially must I tread with care in matters of life and death. If it is given me to save a life, all thanks. But it may also be within my power to take a life; this awesome responsibility must be faced with great humbleness and awareness of my own frailty. Above all, I must not play at God."


In the U.S., Elizabeth Blackwell became the first formally educated female physician in the 1850's. And both men and women have practiced the medical arts throughout history; Clara Barton, Florence Nightingale, Jonas Salk, Albert Schweitzer, Patch Adams, your own doctor, the nurse who gives you medicine, and the ambulance driver who saves your life - all of these and more have helped each of us throughout our lives. These are their photos and the photos of the instruments and medicine that they have used. << Read less

A photo of an ad for the Heidelberg Electric Belt, which among many other things, cured ED.
A photo of an ad for a heroin cough medicine - a patent medicine.
A photo of an ad for Cigares de Joy - a patent medicine cure for asthma.
A photo of Dorothy A. Nielsen in nursing school
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Dorothy A. Nielsen
Died: Jun 1, 2016
A photo of Alice Mary Ingram
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Alice Mary Ingram
Born: 1886
Sandhurst, Australia
Shared on Feb 21, 2016 by:
A photo of Kathleen (Pilcher) Bullen in her nurses uniform
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Kathleen (Pilcher) Bullen
Feb 10, 1903 - Sep 2, 2002
England, United Kingdom
A photo of Vilda Shuman MD (1915 - 1998)
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Vilda Shuman Md
Jan 29, 1915 - Dec 27, 1998
waycross, ga, us
A photo of Dr. Carl C. Kiess
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Carl C. Kiess
Oct 18, 1887 - October 1967
Washington, District of Columbia
An interesting look back in time. I am not positive, but think this is WWI.
The love of a husband. Doreen in iron lung from Polio
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Doreen Marie (Bergan) Wiltse
Sep 12, 1922 - May 7, 2001
Logandale, NV, United States
A photo of William Emile Cramer
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William Emile Cramer
Jun 4, 1865 - May 31, 1935
My great Grandmother Jessie (Davis) Long with 2 Other ladies at Abington Hospital. Not sure of date. I do know Nurses had their own dinning room at that time. It was at the hospital that Jessie met her future husband Jacob Nyce Long.
Photo and Signature from Mary Elizabeth Keen's 1932 nursing license. Photo provided by the Missouri State Nursing Board.
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Mary Elizabeth (Keen) Conard
May 15, 1910 - Sep 30, 1970
A photo of Ballard Columbus Linch, MD. 1892 -- 1918 from Claiborne County, Tennessee. Lt. Ballard C. Linch (sometimes: Lynch) was a physician assigned to the Medical Corp. He married Bonnie Burger. After military training, he left in August for the Western Front. He was killed in action September 29, 1918 when the Aid Station where he worked was shelled by the Germans.
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A photo of the Newest members of the Army Nursing Corps in WW One. African American Nurses were finally accepted into the U.S. Army Nurse Corp. as a result of the 1918 influenza outbreak. There were many more nurses than just these that were ultimately serving in military hospitals
Black and white photograph of Mary A. "Mother" Sturges (sometimes spelled Sturgis) dressed in black and seated in a brocade armchair. She holds a closed copy of Will Carleton's "Farm Ballads" in her hands. Historical Note Mary A. "Mother" Sturges was an Union Army nurse during the Civil War. She enlisted with the 6th Illinois Cavalry and served with "Aunt" Lizzie Aiken in Memphis, Tennessee, at the Adams Block Hospital. Mary A. Sturges was 51 years old when she enlisted and served for four years. She was mustered out in June of 1865. She received a Union pension. She died in Kansas City, Kansas, December 29, 1892 and is buried in the Oak Grove Cemetery. Her monument was erected by the GAR.
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Mary A. Sturges
1809 - Dec 29, 1892
Dr. James H. McCall was a doctor and also a Colonel with the US Army. He went to Cuba during the Spanish-American war and worked with other doctors trying to understand the epidemiology of yellow fever. Soldier in the war on Yellow Fever Fewer than 1,000 soldiers died in battle, but more than 5,000 died of disease in Cuba, and most of those deaths were due to yellow fever. The Yellow Fever Commission was formed by the U.S. military in response to the war-time deaths. Its mission was to study the cause and spread of the yellow fever. Led by Major Walter Reed, working in Cuba, the commission confirmed in 1900 what Cuban physician Dr. Finlay suspected: Yellow fever was transmitted by mosquito bites. Dr. McCall lived 1867 to 1931, having retired to his home in Tennessee.
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James H. McCall
1867 - 1931
A photo of Libby (Casey) Pasuk in training
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Libby (Casey) Pasuk
Nov 24, 1919 - Aug 10, 1989
Philadelphia, PA
A photo of a member of the teaching staff at the Great Falls Montana school of Nursing
A photo of the Head of the Lab at Great Falls Montana School of Nursing
A photo of a student nurse at Great Falls Montana school of Nursing
A photo of a student nurse at Great Falls Montana school of Nursing
A photo of a student nurse at the nursing school in Great Falls, Montana
This is a photo of a nursing student at the Great Falls school of Nursing
A photo of Mary Mckeating Cunningham
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Mary Mckeating (Clelland) Cunningham
Jul 7, 1923 - April 1976
Fran, Australia
A photo of Billye Erlene (Morrow) Blakney
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Billye Erlene (Morrow) Blakney
Aug 18, 1928 - 2015
Taken in the late 1860's or early 1870's at the West Riding Lunatic Asylum located in West Yorkshire England in a city called Wakefield. It is unknown what this patient might have suffered from at the time. Up through the 1900s people suffering from mental conditions were often restrained using apparatus such as this in asylums both in European and USA..
A photo of an unknown woman working in the field for the Order of St John Brigade.
A photo of Charles "Kazimieras" Alkevicius
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A photo of Nicholas Winton - he became an ambulance driver.
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Nicholas Winton
May 19, 1909 - 2015
A photo of a coke advertisement from the late 1880's. The ad touted the curative powers of cocaine (coca plant) and the cola nut - especially for headaches, neuralgia, hysteria, and melancholy. It was called the "intellectual beverage."
A photo of Uriah Oury Heilman
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Uriah Oury Heilman
1853 - Feb 12, 1938
A photo of Ruth (Bowling) Parsley, wife of Charlie Parsley as a Red Cross Volunteer worker during WWII (circa 1942 - 1945) in London, Kentucky
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A photo of Lowell E Barnes
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Lowell E Barnes
Jun 1, 1924 - May 23, 1995
Hiram, ME
A photo of Army medics during the battle of Okinawa in World War II. Evacuating the wounded was a very dangerous job. Enemy snipers targeted medics since it was thought that it would hurt soldier's morale to lose medics.
A photo of Desmond Doss in the hospital after being injured at Hacksaw Ridge and subsequent fighting. He lost 5 ribs, was shot in the arm by a sniper, contracted TB (and lost his hearing, due to being overdosed with antibiotics) and spent 5+ years in VA hospitals.
People in this photo:
Desmond Thomas Doss
Feb 7, 1919 - Mar 23, 2006
Piedmont, AL
A photo of a flu victim being loaded into an ambulance in 1918 St Louis
A inhalation chamber that was supposed to help with flu symptoms (breathing, sore throat, etc).
A photo of Red Cross nurses during the 1918 flu epidemic.
A photo of ambulances and stretchers being readied for 1918 flu victims
A photo of Michele Therese Ley
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Michele Therese Ley
Sep 9, 1944 - Mar 25, 2008
Ventura, CA, United States
A photo of Ellen Sutela graduation from nursing school. Probably in Minneapolis, MN. No date. This photo, as well as all the Sutela family photos I posted, were contributed by William "Bill" Ostrom, a cousin.
People in this photo:
Ellen Joyce (Sutela) Anderson
1924 - Apr 9, 2005
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