Medics, Doctors & Nurses

Did you know medics, doctors and nurses used to prescribe narcotics as treatment?
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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.
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A photo of an ad for the Heidelberg Electric Belt, which among many other things, cured ED.
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A photo of an ad for a heroin cough medicine - a patent medicine. It reads: COUGH The Sum of Clinical Experience Designates Glyco-Heroin (Smith) as a Respiratory Sedative Superior in All Respects to the Preparations of Opium, Morphine, Codeine and Other Narcotics and withaldevoid of the toxic or depressing effects which characterize the latter when given in doses sufficient to reduce the reflect irritability of the bronchial, tracheal and laryngeal mucous membranes. THE PROBLEM of administering Heroin in proper doses in such form as will give the therapeutic virtues of this drug full sway, and will suit the palate of the most exacting adult or the most capricious child. HAS BEEN SOLVED BY the pharmaceutical compound known as GLYCO HEROIN (Smith) The results attained with GLYCO-HEROIN (SMITH) in the alleviation and cure of cough are attested by numerous clinical studies that have appeared in the medical journals within the past few years. Scientifically Compounded, Scientifically Conceived, GLYCO-HEROIN (Smith) simply stands upon its merits before the profession, ready to prove its efficacy to all who are interested in the advances in the art of medication. NOTES. Glyco-Heroin (Smith) is supplied to the druggist in sixteen ounce dispensing bottles only. The quantity ordinary prescribed by the physician is two, three or four ounces. DOES. The adult dose of GLYCO-HEROIN (Smith) is one teaspoonful, repeated every two hours or at longer intervals, as the case may require. Children of ten or more years, from a quarter to a half teaspoonful. Children of three years or more, five to ten drops. Sole British Agents, Thomas Christy & Co., Old Swan Lane, London E.C. Martin H . Smith & Co., Chemists, New York City. Samples and Literature Supplied on Request.
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A photo of an ad for Cigares de Joy - a patent medicine cure for asthma.
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A photo of Dorothy A. Nielsen in nursing school
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Unknown - Jun 1, 2016
Added Jun 10, 2016 by: Catherine Nielsen
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A photo of Alice Mary Ingram
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1886 - Unknown
Added Feb 21, 2016 by: Rob Sinclair
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A photo of Kathleen (Pilcher) Bullen in her nurses uniform
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Feb 10, 1903 - Sep 2, 2002
Added Jan 25, 2015 by: Cathie Allen
Cathie Allen
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A photo of Vilda Shuman MD (1915 - 1998)
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Jan 29, 1915 - Dec 27, 1998
Added Jan 14, 2015 by: Vilda Brannen
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A photo of Dr. Carl C. Kiess
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Oct 18, 1887 - October 1967
Added Nov 26, 2014 by: Tina Krogdahl
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An interesting look back in time. I am not positive, but think this is WWI.
Added Aug 7, 2014 by: Sharon Belville
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The love of a husband. Doreen in iron lung from Polio
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Aug 8, 1915 - Jan 26, 1992
The Indiana State Department of Health's Certificate of Death for Brandy R. Southard who lost her life along with two others to John Matthew Stephenson. Details are in Brandy's bio.
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Sep 24, 1974 - Mar 29, 1996
This is a photo of Agnes Christine (Schlimgen) Smith added by Amy Miller on October 14, 2020.
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Mar 22, 1917 - Jul 27, 1987
Added Oct 14, 2020 by: Amy Miller
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This is a photo of Alda M Pope added by Janet Macon on August 16, 2020.
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Mar 30, 1918 - Mar 12, 2005
Added Aug 16, 2020 by: Janet Macon
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This is a photo of Shirley A (Messer) Roth added by Brigette Meeker on August 1, 2020.
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Sep 13, 1937 - Dec 18, 2013
Added Aug 1, 2020 by: Brigette Meeker
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This is a photo of Rita A (Thuotte) Landry added by Brigette Meeker on July 6, 2020.
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Sep 1, 1938 - Apr 20, 2019
Added Jul 6, 2020 by: Brigette Meeker
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This is a photo of Yvonne L. (Patenaude) Barrett added by Brigette Meeker on June 18, 2020.
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Apr 25, 1907 - May 9, 2000
Added Jun 18, 2020 by: Brigette Meeker
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On the front it says 1932 but on the back 194? (can't read) Marie and Dena, Chicago
This is a photo of Aunt Lil added by Kat Schwartz on May 15, 2020.
Added May 15, 2020 by: Kat Schwartz
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Photo probably taken in Cedar Rapids
Added May 15, 2020 by: Kat Schwartz
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Random guess is recent nursing graduates Another found photo with two people dressed the same is marked 1932 Chicago
Added May 7, 2020 by: Kat Schwartz
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A photo of William Emile Cramer
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Jun 4, 1865 - May 31, 1935
Added Oct 31, 2019 by: Katrina Weed
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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.
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Added Sep 6, 2019 by: Ashton Underkoffler
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Photo and Signature from Mary Elizabeth Keen's 1932 nursing license. Photo provided by the Missouri State Nursing Board.
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May 15, 1910 - Sep 30, 1970
Added Apr 29, 2019 by: A C
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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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Added Apr 18, 2019 by: Gaye Thomas
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A photo of Virginia Mae (Gambee) McAvinney
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Added Mar 12, 2019 by: Julia Evans
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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
Added Mar 2, 2019 by: Gaye Thomas
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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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1809 - Dec 29, 1892
Added Mar 1, 2019 by: Gaye Thomas
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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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1867 - 1931
Added Jan 28, 2019 by: Gaye Thomas
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A photo of Libby (Casey) Pasuk in training
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Nov 24, 1919 - Aug 10, 1989
Added Dec 9, 2018 by: Karen Pasuk
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A photo of an unknown nurse in Iowa.
A photo of an unknown Iowan nurse.
Added Sep 22, 2018 by: Helen Reeck Allegre
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A photo of a member of the teaching staff at the Great Falls Montana school of Nursing
Added Sep 22, 2018 by: Helen Reeck Allegre
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A photo of the Head of the Lab at Great Falls Montana School of Nursing
Added Sep 22, 2018 by: Helen Reeck Allegre
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A photo of a student nurse at Great Falls Montana school of Nursing
Added Sep 22, 2018 by: Helen Reeck Allegre
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A photo of a student nurse at Great Falls Montana school of Nursing
Added Sep 22, 2018 by: Helen Reeck Allegre
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A photo of a student nurse at the nursing school in Great Falls, Montana
Added Sep 22, 2018 by: Helen Reeck Allegre
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This is a photo of a nursing student at the Great Falls school of Nursing
Added Sep 22, 2018 by: Helen Reeck Allegre
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This is a photo of a nursing student at Great Falls Montana
Added Sep 22, 2018 by: Helen Reeck Allegre
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A photo of Mary Mckeating Cunningham
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Jul 7, 1923 - April 1976
Added Sep 5, 2018 by: Andy Crawford
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A photo of Billye Erlene (Morrow) Blakney
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Aug 18, 1928 - 2015
Added Aug 4, 2018 by: Sheri Warren
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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.
Added Mar 7, 2018 by: Kathy Pinna
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A photo of Charles "Kazimieras" Alkevicius
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Nov 4, 1935 - 2009
Added Dec 8, 2017 by: Matthew S
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A photo of Nicholas Winton - he became an ambulance driver.
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May 19, 1909 - 2015
Added Nov 30, 2017 by: Amanda S. Stevenson
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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."
Added Jul 25, 2017 by: Kathy Pinna
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A photo of Uriah Oury Heilman
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1853 - Feb 12, 1938
Added Feb 6, 2017 by: Devin Turner
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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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Added Jan 27, 2017 by: Family Tuttle
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A photo of Lowell E Barnes
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Jun 1, 1924 - May 23, 1995
Added Jan 12, 2017 by: Lowell Barnes Jr
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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.
Added Nov 2, 2016 by: Kathy Pinna
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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.
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Feb 7, 1919 - Mar 23, 2006
Added Nov 2, 2016 by: Kathy Pinna
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