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Skokie's Dr. Louise Klehm Archive

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  1. Sutures
    Three sutures used by Dr. A. Louise Klehm. One is made of catgut wire and two are made of silk.

  2. Tally of Ernest Berg's Calls by Dr. A. Louise Klehm, 1913-1915
    Handwritten list of Dr. A. Louise Klehm's patient calls and diagnoses for Ernest Berg's family members including Esther Berg and the baby.

  3. Tally of Ernest Berg's Calls by Dr. A. Louise Klehm, November 11, 1906-May 1, 1907
    List of patient calls and diagnoses for Ernest Berg's family members including Henry, Teddy, Irving and Alvina Berg. Written on paper printed with Gray's Glycerine Tonic Compound.

  4. They Still Honor Our Woman Country Doctor: Dr Klehm Never Said 'Can't' to Her Patients, The News
    Newspaper article from The News, written by Carol Strand about the life of Dr. A. Louise Klehm in response to the American Legion honoring her. Dr. Klehm served as a nurse during the Spanish-American War at Fort Sheridan and in Florida. She attended the University of Illinois, Chicago Medical School and interned in the slums on west side of Chicago, delivering babies and performing other duties. After World War I, she studied under a famous plastic surgeon in Europe. Upon her return to the United States, Dr. Klehm joined the staff of St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, Illinois. She was remembered for visiting patients by horse-drawn carriage until buying a Model T Ford in 1912. After breaking her arm cranking the car, Dr. Klehm still managed to make calls and deliver a baby. She received threats from the Black Hand gang; her sister, Alma recalls accompanying her on calls with revolver in hand for protection. She also joined her during her many calls during the World War I flu epidemic. From The News newspaper, Thursday, February 3, 1955, page 84.

  5. Tyree's Antiseptic Powder box
    Box of medicine, Tyree's Antiseptic Powder, which belonged to Dr. A. Louise Klehm. The sealed white box has a label at the top of the box and the front of the box. It is a professional sample. The text on top of the box is as follows, "If this seal is broken in any way, the medicine is not what the doctor ordered and should be rejected. Never allow the box to be refilled. Always demand a new box with an unbroken Seal. It costs no more and insures purity, uniformity and safety. "J.S. Tyree" is stamped across the text. The text on the front of the box is as follows, " Tyree's Antiseptic Powder, Net Weight 2 ozs. AVDP. This preparation has been found extremely useful for the treatment of Catarrhal conditions of the vaginal Mucous Membrane and contains Boric Acid, Zinc, Sulphate (dry) Antiseptics (Salicylic Acid, Phenol, Menthol, Thymol and Eucalyptol.) One heaping teaspoonful to be added to a pint of tepid water and injected freely two or three times a day. As local application to Ulcers, Wounds, Abscesses, or as a Gargle or Inhalant, it may be prescribed as a dusting powder, or diluted to suit the conditions of the case. J.S. Tyree, Chemist, Inc. Washington, D.C." Stamped across text is: "J. S. Tyree Professional Sample Not For Sale".

  6. Vapo-Cresolene Vaporizer and Box, circa 1906
    Vapo-cresolene Vaporizer and Box. The vaporizer includes a small glass jar attached to a screw-on oil lamp with a wick. There is an elaborately decorated gilded metal stand with a place for the glass jar and lamp at the bottom and a place at the top of the stand for a small metal tray to rest. The lamp placed beneath this tray heats the materials in the tray to create a vapor that can be spread into the air. The box for the Vapo-Cresolene Vaporizer has text on all four sides. On one side is an image of the vaporizer, cost for the vaporizer: $1.50 in the United States and Canada, and trademarks, and on the opposite side are a list of ailments that the Vapo-Cresolene can be used for including "Whooping Cough, Croup, Asthma, Catarrh, Colds, Diphtheria, Coughs, Hay Fever, Sore Throat and the Bronchial Complications of Scarlet Fever and Measles. Also "For the Respiratory Diseases of Animals, as Distemper and Pneumonia in Horse and Dogs; Gapes and Roup in Fowls." The other two sides include a description of how the vaporizer works and can reach "every crevice" including "Carpets, Clothing, and Bedding" as well as "The Germ Theory of Diseases", which describes how "all Zymetic Diseases, as Scarlet, Typhoid, and Typhus Fevers, Whooping Cough, Catarrh, Asthma, Croup, Measles, Diphtheria, and Hay Fever are generated by the agency of bacteria... These bacteria develop with great rapidity, mainly in the air passages", which can be reached using the Vapo-Cresolene Vaporizer. The vaporizer may have belonged to Dr. A. Louise Klehm or another member of the Niles Center community. In Dr. Klehm's Ledger she recommends that a patient use the Vapo-Cresolene Vaporizer.

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