This week, For the Report focuses on the subject of abortion and household planning companies, highlighting related materials within the Well being Commissioners data in the course of the early 1970’s when Dr. Mary McLaughlin served as Commissioner.
The worth of the Well being Commissioners assortment derives from the pre-eminence of the Metropolis’s Well being Division because it outlined the position and scope of public well being companies, not solely regionally, however for the whole nation. These data doc how the Metropolis managed advanced public well being and political issues in response to illness, epidemics and innumerable health-related challenges.
The gathering is huge. It totals 742 cubic toes and consists of 21 collection, one for every of the medical professionals who served as Commissioner of the Division of Well being from 1928 by way of the early Nineties. Researchers can discover dozens of attention-grabbing matters within the assortment together with persistent and degenerative illnesses corresponding to most cancers, coronary heart illness, diabetes, and glaucoma; campaigns in opposition to venereal illness, smoking, consuming, and substance abuse; vaccination packages for polio, measles, diphtheria, hepatitis, and different ailments, lots of which confronted controversy upon their introduction. Different topics represented within the assortment are sickle-cell anemia, fluoridation, lead poisoning, asbestos, rat and mosquito management, bronchial asthma, and methadone. The data pertaining to the AIDS epidemic, HIV testing, and needle exchanges, starting within the Nineteen Eighties, are particularly essential and uniquely informative.
In 2017, For the Report featured the gathering in a publish Milk, Midwives and Medical Quackery.