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Eastern Maine Medical Center: 1892-1920

First ambulance, Eastern Maine General Hospital, 1900

First ambulance, Eastern Maine General Hospital, 1900

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Eastern Maine Medical Center

In March 1904, typhoid fever strikes in Bangor and surrounding towns; the 54-bed hospital has 75 patients in treatment at once, more than half of them typhoid victims.

Patients sleep in ward offices and linen closets.

EMGH physicians endorse the controversial report of the Citizen's League Water Committee, which points to the drinking of river water as the source of contagion (the city piped Penobscot River water to most Bangor neighborhoods).

The prospect of "labor troubles" defers plans for the children's ward.

Orthopedic surgeon Dr. William C. Peters joins the staff.

"The young people have cheerfully given their time to writing letters for the patients."


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