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History of Medicine comes to the Family Health Fair!

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Some of the Many Providers at the Fair

Keith and I were very pleased to have the opportunity to represent the Robert L. Brown History of Medicine Collection at the Family Health Fair on August 2, 2014 at the Amherst Senior Center.  The Fair was hosted by State Senator Michael Ranzenhofer and the Amherst Senior Center in partnership with Assemblywoman Jane Corwin, Assemblyman Raymond Walter, and Kaleida Health. More than 85 providers offered screenings and services to attendees including blood pressure checks, bone density heel scans, cholesterol and hearing screening and skin cancer screenings.  Surrounded by state of the art health care technology, the History of Medicine exhibit  displayed books and artifacts that provided a glimpse into some historical aspects of public health including well baby contests and child welfare, visiting nurses, and the life of a country doctor in Central New York in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  We were happy to hand out our new History of Medicine brochures to the numerous attendees who stopped at our tables to chat and share some of their stories.  One visitor, upon seeing a bottle of Cheracol cough medicine on display, told us that as a child she liked the taste of it so much that she once drank an entire bottle.  At that time Cheracol contained, among other ingredients, chloroform, codeine phosphate and alcohol!  It was great to meet new people and see folks who work or used to work at UB. We also held a drawing for the chance to win a pack of our botanical notecards.  Cards were mailed to five lucky winners.  The Health Fair gave Keith and me an invaluable opportunity to promote the Collection to an entirely new audience and hopefully attract more visitors to come and experience it in person.  We also made contacts that may result in our taking part in other events of this nature including participation in future Family Health Fairs.

Healthy Babies and Child Welfare

Healthy Babies and Child Welfare

Visiting Nurses and a Country Doctor

Visiting Nurses and a Country Doctor








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