Opening of special exhibit "In Search of Healing: Medical Practices of the Gilded Age"
Date & Time: Friday, June 8, 2018. 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Rutherford B. Hayes never knew his father. His father died of typhus three months before Rutherford was born. Rutherford’s wife, Lucy, lost her father in a cholera epidemic when she was only 2 years old. Together, the Hayeses lost three of their children to dysentery, scarlet fever and some unidentified illness. The ineffective and often dangerous medical practices of the time made disease the ever-present danger that loomed over every family. But in less than a century, researchers would understand that the spread of cholera could be prevented through water sanitation; the discovery of penicillin would slash the mortality rate of scarlet fever; and soldiers bound to fight in Europe during World War II would be vaccinated against typhus. “In Search of Healing: Medical Practices of the Gilded Age” will document the procedures and conventional medical wisdom that prevailed in the late 19th century. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday with the exception of holiday hours and closings. Admission is included with the price of a regular museum ticket. Members are admitted for free. This exhibit is open through Oct. 21, 2018. Sponsored by ProMedica Memorial Hospital.