History 430: Theory and Practice
Today, going to the doctor is about as eventful as going to the bank. We get check-ups once a year and make a visit every time we get a sniffle, but during the late part of the nineteenth century and early part of the twentieth century people were more reluctant to step foot in the doctor's office in fear of what the diagnosis might be. During the time where you could find an ad for cigarettes in medical journals or buy Adrenalin shots out of a catalog, people did not put their health as their number one priority whether it be while they were at work or play. Men who worked in the mines and lived in the Tri-State area faced many safety and health hazards each and every day. Whether the hazard consisted of breathing in the potentially deadly dust created in the mines that the men worked in, or the sexually transmitted diseases that they would frequently pick up in the bars while not having to work during the weekend, the diseases could ultimately cost the workers their lives.
Hansen, Alicia, "Doctor For Me? No Sir-e! Common Diseases That Miners Faced During the Early 1900s" (2010). Theory and Practice: Hist 430. 37.