The following blog post was contributed by Alysha Strongman, who is the Museum of Health Care’s Collections Technician for the summer of 2017. Alysha recently graduated from Queen’s University in Kingston with a BAH in Classics, and is excited to be working with ‘newer’ artefacts than she is used to, as she helps to catalogue … More Mrs. Winslow’s Soothing Syrup: The Baby Killer
the following blog post was written by 2014-2015 collections volunteer Emily Welsh It’s that time of year again. A time for gathering with friends and family, holiday cheer and generosity. In the world of health care one of the most recognizable forms of Christmas charity comes in the form of the Christmas Seals. The idea … More Christmas Seals and Advertising for Health
The following blog post was written by 2014 Collections Technician Katrin MacPhee* While handling an artifact from the Museum’s collection, a familiar sight piqued my curiosity. Stamped onto a pin awarded by the Canadian Medical Association was a snake coiled around a staff. I had seen the same symbol on the badges of emergency health … More Snakes, Mistakes, and Mythology! The Use of the Rod of Asclepius and the Caduceus in Modern Medicine
The following blog post was written by 2014 Collections Technician Katrin MacPhee* Amidst a recent donation of artefacts from Parks Canada Agency’s collection to the Museum of Health Care, a woman’s face peers up at mine. “Yours in Health,” the line of slanted cursive below her steady gaze reads. Behind this seemingly innocuous packaging lays … More Lydia E. Pinkham: Life and Legacy
*The following blog post was written by Curatorial Assistant Varsha Jayaraman February 9th marks Toothache Day, a day to celebrate…toothaches? Much like many strangely-named holidays, the origin and reason for this one is unknown. Some speculate that perhaps this celebrates the feast day of St. Apollonia, the patroness of dentists. She was seized during a … More Grin and Bear It: Toothache Day and Why It Was Best to Avoid the Dentist in the Ancient World
*the following blog post was written by Curatorial Assistant Varsha Jayaraman November 27th marked “Pins and Needles Day”. It might seem that Pins and Needles Day would be something especially pertinent to a museum of health care; however, the origin of this day has nothing to do with the history of health care. Rather, it … More “Limbsomnia”: Pins and Needles Day & Paraesthesia
*the following guest blog post was written by Varsha Jayaraman, Queen’s Work Study Curatorial Assistant In the mid-to-late twentieth century, advertising trade cards were important for circulating information about patent medicines, or “over-the-counter” drugs. Dr. William Hall’s Balsam was printed by the Donaldson Brothers of Five Points, New York, a popular advertiser from 1872 to 1891.
*the following guest blog was written by Maddi McKay, 2012 Curatorial Assistant at the Museum of Health Care It is my belief that, every once in a while, it is more important to examine the present than the past to truly understand the magnitude of various discoveries, achievements, and failures. This blog post will focus … More Would I Have Died? Meconium Aspiration Syndrome
Most of us remember playing doctor or nurse to an injured doll or teddy bear. When I was a child my Cabbage Patch doll often fell ill and my sisters and I nursed her back to health using a Fisher-Price Medical Kit. Developed over thirty years ago, this toy has stood the test of time … More Collections Corner: Playing Doctor
Our teeth are an essential part of our daily lives – we use them to do things like eat and form our words. How healthy are your teeth? Today, there are many things we can do to protect our teeth – brush twice a day, floss and visit your friendly neighbourhood dentist every six months. … More Collections Corner: May I Pre-chew that for you, Sir?