In the late 19th century, Sioux Falls doctors practiced multiple disciplines. Doctors had to be versatile because many of their patients were too ill to travel to a doctor’s office in town. When patients were unable to go to the doctor’s office, the doctor traveled several miles out of town to see them.
Technological advancements allowed for doctors to specialize in certain disciplines. These specialty doctors joined together and opened medical practices. Dr. Guy Van Denmark was South Dakota’s first orthopedic surgeon and used this electric bone saw during his procedures.
While designs have changed over time, the functionality of a doctor’s office has remained the same. This particular suite was used by Dr. John McGreevy at his clinic in the 1950s.
When families could not afford a doctor or druggist, they relied on home remedies. Recipes were printed in a variety of publications and ingredients could be found in the kitchen. Test your skills by helping cure Fred with some home remedies!
When patients needed a prescription filled, they went to the local drugstore. Druggists received their training via school or an apprenticeship. Their knowledge of chemicals made them valuable members of their communities. Sioux Falls has had numerous drugstores since the 1870s.