Mrs. Winslow’s Soothing Syrup: The Baby Killer

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

Christmas Seals and Advertising for Health

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

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* 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

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 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

“Limbsomnia”: Pins and Needles Day & Paraesthesia

*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

Spotlight on Patent Medicines – Dr. William Hall’s Balsam for the Lungs

*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.

Would I Have Died? Meconium Aspiration Syndrome

*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