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Rheumatic Fever: An Ailment From a Bygone Era

Rheumatic fever is not a disease you hear much about in the 21st century.  It is a disease, however, that plays a minor role in my WW1 Trilogy. Hettie Bartlette’s father, Benjamin, suffers from the ailment.  (This post is a companion piece to my WWI Trilogy, Angel of Mercy, Those Left Behind and Adjustment Year, […]

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Early 20th Century Dentistry: More Modern Than You Think

Dreading that next trip to the dentist?  You’re not alone.  (This post is a companion piece to Melina Druga’s WWI Trilogy, Angel of Mercy, Those Left Behind and Adjustment Year, available wherever eBooks are sold.) Patients a century ago, equally dreaded the visit, but thankfully, dentistry had modernized considerably by the early 20th century.  At […]

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Victorian Poison Wallpaper: Death by Interior Design

We are slaves to fashion – both in our wardrooms and in our homes.  This also was the case during the Victorian era.  Homes in the Victorian era often were covered in wallpaper.  The Victorians loved wallpaper so much they covered every wall with it and sometimes the ceiling.  The wallpaper of choice was that […]

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Yes, There Really Was Cocaine in Coca-Cola

We don’t call the soft drink Coca-Cola “Coke” for nothing.  The original formula contained cocaine, but how much is debatable.  The beverage’s syrup was manufactured with an extract of coca leaves – it’s the leaves that contain cocaine – and the caffeine rich kola nut.   (This post is a companion piece to Melina Druga’s WWI […]

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Tuberculosis: Necessitated the Opening of Sanatoriums

Tuberculosis, also known as consumption, was a common disease in the 19th century. So common, in fact, that sanatoriums were opened for treatment of the disease. These institutions exposed patients to fresh air and provided proper nutrition; however, for many patients it was where they died. (This post is a companion piece to Melina Druga’s WWI […]

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Cholera: The Mere Mention of the Word Caused Fear

Cholera. The mere mention of the word was enough to cause fear in 19th century communities. The disease struck suddenly and killed quickly. Its cause wasn’t identified until the 1850s.  (This post is a companion piece to Melina Druga’s WWI Trilogy, Angel of Mercy, Those Left Behind and Adjustment Year, available wherever eBooks are sold.  […]

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History of Burn Treatments: Making Patients as Comfortable as Possible

The need to threat burns in the late 19th and early 20th centuries was great. Women’s skirts would catch fire while cooking, or children’s clothing while playing too close to the fireplace or stove. An overturned kerosene or gas lamp would set a home or barn ablaze in minutes. During World War I, men also […]

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Treating Bone Fractures in the Early 20th Century

While a broken bone today can be a nuisance, in the early 20th century, it would be a serious, if not deadly, injury.  (This post is a companion piece to Melina Druga’s WWI Trilogy, Angel of Mercy, Those Left Behind and Adjustment Year, available wherever eBooks are sold.) People knew from ancient times to immobilize […]

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Surgery During World War One

During World War I, 19 million men were wounded, and an estimated 500,000 amputations were performed. As frightening as these numbers are, men who lived long enough to receive medical attention had a relatively high survival rate. (This post is a companion piece to Melina Druga’s WWI Trilogy, Angel of Mercy, Those Left Behind and Adjustment […]

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Blood Transfusion Saved Lives During World War One

If war does have a silver lining, it’s the medical advances which come as a result. One of these advances is the blood transfusion. (This post is a companion piece to Melina Druga’s WWI Trilogy, Angel of Mercy, Those Left Behind and Adjustment Year, available wherever eBooks are sold.) Blood transfusion was nothing new in 1914. […]

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Diphtheria: Inspiration for a Race Held Annually Since 1925

In the early 20th century, diphtheria was among the top 10 causes of death. Death rates, however, were dropping. An antitoxin was developed in 1890 and was used on patients the following year. It worked by neutralizing the toxins produced by the Corynebacterium diphtheriae bacterium.   (This post is a companion piece to Melina Druga’s WWI […]

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Pneumonia: Leading Cause of Death in the Early 20th Century

In the days before antibiotics many people died from communicable diseases. One of these diseases was pneumonia. At the turn-of-the-20th–century it was the leading cause of death, and 40 percent of those who died were under the age of five.  (This post is a companion piece to Melina Druga’s WWI Trilogy, Angel of Mercy, Those […]

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