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A CLEAN BILL OF HEALTH:
Societal Response to Communicable Disease


  • On July 11, 1933, a Pestilence (Pest) House was constructed at the Wood County Infirmary for tuberculosis patient Quinten Herral. It served as living quarters for male infirmary residents with communicable diseases such as scarlet fever and influenza.
  • In 2013, the exhibit A CLEAN BILL OF HEALTH: Societal Response to Communicable Disease was installed inside the Pest House, just one of the museum's interpretive permanent exhibits about Wood County history.
  • Due to COVID-19 temporary closures, we have added this exhibit as a digital gallery. We hope you will find the history of pandemics in our society useful as you navigate through COVID-19 in 2020.

 

Introduction

INTRODUCTION

Associated Press

PROMINENT DISEASES

Patriotic Women

CULT of DOMESTICITY

Military Men

MILITARY MEN

Clean Water

IMMIGRANTS

Sanitation

SANITATION REFORM

New Studies

NEW STUDIES

Cleanliness

SOAP & WATER

Spanish Influenza

SPANISH INFLUENZA

The Cure

THE CURE

Women

WOMEN to the RESCUE

Government

GOVERNMENT RESPONSE