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Category: Science & Technology, Medicine & health

Historical Items

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Item 1143

Deadly poison warning, Portland, ca. 1930

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1930 Location: Portland Media: Ink on paper

Item 18415

Peter F. Sanborn letter concerning diphtheria deaths, 1862

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1862 Location: Augusta Media: Ink on paper

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Item 18416

Sarah Sanborn letter on death, disease, 1862

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1862 Location: Kents Hill; Augusta Media: Ink on paper

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Exhibits

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Exhibit

One Hundred Years of Caring -- EMMC

In 1892 five physicians -- William H. Simmons, William C. Mason, Walter H. Hunt, Everett T. Nealey, and William E. Baxter -- realized the need for a hospital in the city of Bangor had become urgent and they set about providing one.

Exhibit

Student Exhibit: Medicine in Times Past

Inspired by Dr. Greenleaf Wilbur's medical box at the Skowhegan History House, this exhibit highlights some Mainers in the medical field of the past and the stories they had.

Exhibit

Among the Lungers: Treating TB

Tuberculosis -- or consumption as it often was called -- claimed so many lives and so threatened the health of communities that private organizations and, by 1915, the state, got involved in TB treatment. The state's first tuberculosis sanatorium was built on Greenwood Mountain in Hebron and introduced a new philosophy of treatment.

Site Pages

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Site Page

Mt. Desert Island Hospital

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St. Joseph Healthcare

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Eastern Maine Medical Center

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My Maine Stories

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Story

2020 Sheltering in Place Random Notes During COVID-19
by Phyllis Merriam, LCSW

Sheltering-in-Place personal experiences in mid-coast Maine (Rockland) during March and April 2020

Story

Bad time to have Cancer
by Robert Abisi

Very difficult having Cancer when coronavirus is happening. Can’t even get my appointment.

Story

Ode To Wuhan
by Darlene Reardon

COVID-19 poem

Lesson Plans

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Lesson Plan

Bicentennial Lesson Plan

Primary Sources: Healthcare History in Maine

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12 Content Area: Social Studies
This lesson plan will give students the opportunity to read and analyze letters, literature, and other primary documents and articles of material culture from the MHS collections relating to how people in Maine have given and received healthcare throughout history. Students will discuss the giving and receiving of medicines and treatments from the 18th-21st centuries, the evolving role of hospitals since the 19th century, and how the nursing profession has changed since the Civil War. Students will also look at how people and healthcare facilities in Maine have addressed epidemics in the past, such as influenza and tuberculosis, and what we can learn today from studying the history of healthcare and medicine.