Amputation being performed in a hospital tent, Gettysburg, 07/1863
Circular Letter Setting Out Requirements for Proper Measures to Secure the Identification of Soldiers Dying in Hospital Under Their Charge, 01/29/1863
Vaccination clinics like this one in Tazewell County, Virginia helped to eliminate smallpox. World-wide efforts were so successful that on December 9, 1979 it was declared eradicated.
Miner’s children being given pre-school examination and being vaccinated for smallpox by Dr. Tiernan, company doctor. Jewell Ridge Coal Company, Jewell Ridge Mine, Jewell Ridge, Tazewell County, Virginia., 08/01/1946
International Nurses Day is celebrated every May 12, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth.
PENICILLIN… SAVES SOLDIERS’ LIVES!
Penicillin, one of the earliest successful antibiotics, was first isolated and identified by Alexander Fleming on September 28, 1928, for which he would receive the Nobel Prize in Medicine. This World War II-era poster shows one lucky recipient (although he may want to reconsider that cigarette).