Category Archives: Medicine

Feb. 12, 1959: Paul Coates – When VD Was ‘Cured’

Feb. 12, 1959: After World War II, many Americans assumed that penicillin had eliminated venereal disease (STDs to you youngsters). And, no, it was still around. This column originally appeared in the L.A. Mirror in 1959 and was republished on … Continue reading

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March 1902: A ‘Cure’ for Anorexia

March 5 1902: Apparently lying with a cinder block on the stomach is a “cure” for the “emaciated” woman. “The bony woman is, ninety-nine times out of a hundred, the typical creature we know at a glance and summarize as … Continue reading

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Victor Segno: How to Live 100 Years – Don’t Boil Water!

For a while, I thought it would be amusing to run advice of A. Victor Segno, my favorite Los Angeles charlatan. Like this item on not boiling water. Look out for the decaying carcasses of dead germs! This item originally … Continue reading

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Dec. 31, 1907: Old Watchman, Beaten by Robbers, Revealed as Cocaine Addict

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Dec. 31, 1907 Los Angeles His name was W.H. Reynolds and the old watchman for E.H. Howard Contracting had laid out all night after being beaten up and thrown in the weeds … Continue reading

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Los Angeles Celebrates Christmas, 1913

Note: This is an encore post from 2013. Dec. 25, 1913: The Times carries a biblical passage across the nameplate (notice the artwork of the new and old Times buildings) and a Page 1 cartoon by Edmund Waller “Ted” Gale. … Continue reading

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Dec. 23, 1907: Shopping Cures Insanity — An Early Test of Retail Therapy

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Dec. 23, 1907 St. Louis, via Direct Wire to The Times Dr. Henry S. Atkins, superintendent of St. Louis’ insane asylum, has found that Christmas is a perfect time to test his … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: 6 Reasons Dr. George Hodel Didn’t Kill Elizabeth Short — No. 5 Not a Practicing Surgeon

Here are six reasons Dr. George Hodel did not kill Elizabeth Short that you will need to know before watching the TNT mini-series “I Am the Night” or listening to the eight-part podcast accompanying the production. Reason No. 5: Dr. … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: 6 Reasons Dr. George Hodel Didn’t Kill Elizabeth Short — No. 4 Clinic Served Poor Blacks of Bronzeville

Los Angeles, May 25, 1944: At a Shinto shrine near City Hall, Los Angeles Mayor Fletcher Bowron, second from left, Dr. George M. Uhl and Nicola Giulli of the city housing authority talk to black residents of Bronzeville. Courtesy of the … Continue reading

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Dec. 20, 1907: Miracle Doctor Fer-Don Cures Man of 90-Foot Tape Worm!

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Dec. 20,1907 Los Angeles Mr. C.D. Roberts of 1900 E. Main was feeling a bit unwell. He had bad headaches, an irregular appetite, saw dark spots before his eyes and felt as … Continue reading

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An Early Christmas for Children With Terminal Illnesses

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. One of the tragic staples in The Times is stories of young cancer patients who received their presents early because they weren’t expected to live until … Continue reading

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Nov. 19, 1907: Crime Wave Sweeps L.A.

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Nov. 19, 1907 Los Angeles An influx of crooks, petty hoodlums and vagrants drawn by good weather and horse racing at Santa Anita are blamed for a siege of crime throughout the … Continue reading

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Nov. 12, 1947: Pasadena Girl Recovers From Mystery Illness

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project.. Andrea Brodine, 6, for whose life many have prayed since she was stricken by a deadly paralysis two weeks ago, walked again at the Huntington Memorial … Continue reading

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Oct. 24, 1907: Sanitarium Doctor Tells Patients to ‘Live on Love’ and Forget About Food

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Oct. 24, 1907 Los Angeles Upon the suicide in February of Dr. H. Russell Burner, advocate of the “radium milk” cure, his sanitarium at 2033 E. 4th St. was taken over by … Continue reading

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Oct. 21, 1907: L.A. Doctor Wants to Exterminate Cats Over Their Diet of Diseased Rats

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Evel (whom I mistakenly called “Evil”) in the last paragraph was the cat of Kim Cooper and Richard Schave. Oct. 21, 1907 Los Angeles There’s no shortage of opinions on how to … Continue reading

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Oct. 2, 1907: Patient Dies After Chiropractor Treats Spine With Mallet and Drill

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Oct. 2, 1907 Los Angeles If you have back problems, you might try this method, used by “Dr.” Thomas H. Storey, an unlicensed chiropractor : Have the patient lie down with his … Continue reading

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Sept. 7, 1907: Typhoid, Diphtheria, Scarlet Fever and Tuberculosis

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Sept. 7, 1907 Los Angeles Henry Sief of the health office has released the latest figures on infectious diseases in Los Angeles and the news is wonderful. There were only 20 cases … Continue reading

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Aug. 25, 1947: Police Investigate Death of Doctor’

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. A doctor and a mysterious death—of course, Dr. Manuel de J. Castillo came under suspicion, although I suspect it was only briefly—in the Black Dahlia case. … Continue reading

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Aug. 22, 1947: 5 L.A. Women Doctors Honored at Medical Convention

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. Girls aspiring to careers should follow women physicians’ example—many have both satisfactory home and professional lives, Dr. E. Mae McCarroll of Newark, N.J., told National Medical … Continue reading

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Aug. 4, 1947: Patsy, Teenage Polio Patient, Dreams of Going to a Rodeo

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. It reflects the research resources that were available 13 years ago. Fourteen-year-old Patsy Pfeifer has two ambitions in life. One is to see a rodeo. Like … Continue reading

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Aug. 2, 1907: Dr. Lucy Hall-Brown Dies

Note: This is an encore post from 2006 and reflects the minimal online resources that were available 12 years ago.  Aug. 2, 1907 Los Angeles The Times reports the death of Dr. Lucy Hall-Brown, a prominent woman physician who was … Continue reading

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