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      Ensign Jane Kendeigh, a US Navy nurse, was the first Navy flight nurse to reach Iwo Jima after the Allied invasion, March 1945.

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    A nurse distributing meals in the diphtheria section of the contagious disease hospital at the Pasteur Institute. Paris, 1938.

    IMMIGRATION: Ellis Island Chalk Markings this is what inspectors put on the jackets of the immigrants so they new where to place them

    "Soldier Take Warning" (1942) by Salvador Dali. He created this painting to warn the soldiers against venereal diseases during WWII.

    A photograph from 1878 of a medical device used to treat spinal conditions.

    Nursing pioneer Mary Breckinridge moved to the mountains of Eastern Kentucky in 1925 with the dream of providing family-oriented healthcare to a rural population. She started the Frontier Nursing Service that year and later founded the Frontier Graduate School of Midwifery, today known as Frontier Nursing University. Photo by Wendover Collections/Frontier Nursing University

    Iron lungs during the polio epidemic.

    The Vietnam Women's Memorial dedicated to nurses who served was established not only to honor those women who served, but also for the families who lost loved ones in the war, so they would know about the women who provided comfort, care, and a human touch for those who were suffering and dying. The Vietnam Women's Memorial was dedicated in 1993 as part of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. #VietnamWarMemories.

    Mrs. Elliot Roosevlet, daughter-in-law of the President, does her part in war effort working as Red Cross nurse at the Combat Crew School at Tarrant Field, Texas. 1943

    Devices used for the medical practice of bleeding are in the foreground. 18th Century scene at historic Colonial Williamsburg, Williamsburg, Virginia. Photo by David M. Doody.

    Early Ether Administration Method: Using a drip-cloth to put a woman in labor under anesthesia.

    Trench foot was one of the big problems with the trenches. The men's feet would be in water for weeks and unable to get dry.

    Women in the United States Forces in Britain: Hundreds of United States nurses underwent a toughening up course in preparation for the opening of the second front, where their job would be to follow the troops of liberation and establish hospital units. Lieutenant Louise Erman throwing her Ju-Jitsu instructor Major Strom during an unarmed combat class.

    braces - in the days before the Salk vaccine for polio

    “Instructing nurses on the use of respirator for a polio patient” 1958. National Archives.

    No one wants to go home with the wrong newborn, hence the invention of a ultraviolet branding tool that would burn a baby's initials into its skin to prevent hospital mix-ups. The hand-held lamp would pass ultraviolet rays through stenciled initials, leaving pale marks that would fade away after a couple of weeks. Nothing says heartwarming like baby's first sunburn.

    AT SEA—Navy nurses stand formation as USS Repose enters Subic Bay. My father served on this ship in the Korean War.

    Camp nurse

    Vintage photo of a little girl on crutches with her Madame Alexander "Marybel" doll who came with crutches and hospital gear, 1950.

    Mary Ellen Wilson (1864–1956) or sometimes Mary Ellen McCormack was an American whose case of child abuse led to the creation of the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. As an eight-year old, she was severely abused by her foster parents, Francis and Mary Connolly.

    "Fighting Tuberculosis on the Roof" Jacob Riis, New York, around 1900

    Irmgard Huber, chief nurse at Hadamar Institute, poses in the corridor of the euthanasia facility. The euthanasia killings began in Aug 1939 with the murder of disabled infants and toddlers. In addition to the mentally and physically disabled, thousands of others met their end at Hadamar, including healthy Jewish Mischling children (the children of mixed marriages), tubercular Eastern European forced laborers (Ostarbeiter), German geriatric patients, and disabled German soldiers.

    WW1 Womens Yeomanry nursing corps — some were mounted to get in faster to help the wounded… even though they had to wear skirts and ride side-saddle c,1917

    Tapeworms as a diet aid... "In fact, the tapeworm is the modern era’s first diet aid. The tapeworm diet got its start in the Victorian era when wealthy fashionistas began to look for ways to string those corsets tighter and tighter. Later, this weight loss method really picked up steam in the 1920′s when Flappers started to look for ways to get rid of those pesky, feminine curves."

    Russian Red Army nurse at the front WWII

    the bound feet of Chinese women