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February 2019, Week 3


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Jean Slepian <[log in to unmask]>
Fri, 15 Feb 2019 16:14:25 +0000
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This must be the week for historical investigations ... I ran into one of our retired surgeons in the supermarket this morning .... he asked me to do some research on a 1940s radiologist named Albert Johnston who was fired from  Elliot Community Hospital  ( Cheshire Medical Center's predecessor) in Keene NH .  Dr. Johnston and his family were much beloved in the community... but they were black, passing for white.  When the hospital found out the truth, he was gone.  Of course the hospital has always denied that as the reason for his dismissal.  A Hollywood movie was made about the incident in 1949-- Lost Boundaries starring Jose Ferrer.  Many years ago I had an elderly volunteer, a real bigot and racist... used to tell me about growing up near "Jewtown"  in Worcester ... she told me that everyone knew that D. Johnston was fired because he was black, despite the hospital's denials.  Ironic because  the father of civil rights martyr Jonathan Daniels was a physician on the medical staff at the time ... such a sad episode.

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From: Medical Libraries Discussion List <[log in to unmask]> On Behalf Of Anne Conner
Sent: Friday, February 15, 2019 10:21 AM
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Subject: More "lighter side" history

We're working on a little history project here at Littleton Regional. I've had the privilege of interviewing retired physicians who spent their careers affiliated with Littleton Hospital/Littleton Regional Hospital, now known as Littleton Regional Healthcare. One of the physicians' grandfather's primary occupation was at the Saranac Glove Company in Littleton,NH, but he was also the "driver" for two physicians. Whenever these physicians needed to make a "house call", this gentleman left the Glove Company, got the horse and carriage/sleigh rigged up, and delivered the physician to the patient!

Another anecdote that cracked me up was that back in the day (early 1900's), people thought they could identify the more successful physicians by the quality of their horse!

Happy Friday everyone.

Anne M. Conner, MLS
Director, Gale Medical Library
600 Saint Johnsbury Road
Littleton, NH 03561
P 603-444-9564 F 603-444-7491
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