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  • Modern Medicine

    June 17th, 2016
    I recently had an opportunity to experience some hand surgery and thought what a different experience citizens of Geneva years ago must have had compared to mine.
  • Uncle Doctor

    April 3rd, 2015
    Robert Swan’s youngest brother Frederick wrote a history of the Swan family in the 1890s. In it, he talks about their Uncle Daniel, or, as they called him, “Uncle Doctor:” [H]e made choice of the profession of medicine, and studied with Dr. John Brooks, then the resident physician of Medford. . . . Early in his practice, his attention was directed to the system of More »
  • Diphtheria Epidemic

    September 27th, 2013
    Chronicle of the 1878-1879 diphtheria epidemic.
  • Neither shall there by any more pain

    September 24th, 2013
    Discussion of the usage of anesthesia during childbirth in the mid-1800s.