Tag Archives: health

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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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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October 1947: Firefighter Sits Through Movie With Dead Friend to Avoid Audience Panic

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. Moviegoers Walter Saul of Cincinnati and his wife had just settled into their seats for a double feature with his friend Aloysius Bollin and son Joseph … 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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July 12, 1907: Man at Gas Co. Scalded by Fall Into Vat of Boiling Water

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. July 12, 1907 Los Angeles Gas Co. employees found a man scalded over the lower half of his body wandering the yards at Center and Aliso after he fell into a vat … Continue reading

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June 19, 1907: Soothing Music Helps Cures Insanity, Doctor Says

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. June 19, 1907 Los Angeles What shall we do with the insane? Don’t give them drugs… give them music! (Well, some music). Dr. E.C. Dent of the hospital for women on Ward’s … Continue reading

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From 1937: A Rape Victim’s ‘Night of Horror’

And here’s where we go down the research rabbit hole from the L.A. Sentinel, 1947: The California Venereal Disease Control Act of 1937. Which brings us to “California and Western Medicine,” July to December 1937.

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Smallpox Epidemic – Los Angeles, Feb. 7, 1863

Read the entire Feb. 7, 1863, edition of the Los Angeles Star from the Huntington Library, scanned by USC. Feb. 7 1863: The coroner holds an inquest in the killing of Christian Hutt. George Wright, the father of accused killer … Continue reading

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Nuestro Pueblo

Above, Orthopaedic Hospital, 2400 S. Flower St., and below, the area as shown in Google maps’ street view feature.

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April 12, 1908

Who do you suppose is lounging in this hammock? Certainly not the poor lady doing the housework, below. This article isn't terribly legible, but the housekeeping tips are worth the eyestrain. I'm not sure I'll be hanging my Kasmhiri Kashans … Continue reading

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Marion Davies

Marion Davies gives $10,374,451.61 USD 2006 for a children’s wing at UCLA Medical Center, the largest individual gift to the university up to that time.

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Health spa

Jan. 5, 1908 Los Angeles I love looking through the early 20th century issues of The Times. For one thing, they are only about 26 pages and the ads are amazing. Here’s a shout-out to Nathan Marsak of the 1947project. … Continue reading

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Girl in coma

  May 31, 1957 Long Beach Suzanne was supposed to have a simple bit of surgery. Didn’t everyone get their tonsils out? The 15-year-old went into St. Mary’s Hospital in Long Beach on May 31, 1956, but during the operation, … Continue reading

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Paul V. Coates–Confidential File

May 16, 1957 The story appeared in the Mirror-News about a month ago. Venus Gonzales, 17, read it. That evening, when her husband, Buddy, 21, came home from work, she showed it to him. Both of them shuddered at the … Continue reading

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