Drugs and Disease, Doctors and Dentists

The Kelley House Museum opens 2018 with an exhibit on the history of medical practice, doctors, disease and hospitals of the Mendocino Coast circa 1870-1950. Photographs and artifacts, like an early X-ray (then called radiograph) of Augie Heeser’s foot, are among the exhibit items.

Medicine on the Mendocino Coast: “Say Ahh . . .” opens to the public on Friday, January 12, and will run through Monday, March 12, 2018. Hours are 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Fridays through Mondays, with special evening hours on Second Saturday, February 10, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. when wine and beer will be served. Admission is by suggested donation of $5.

The museum exhibit examines the role of doctors in their communities, reviews issues related to the spread of disease as reported in the Mendocino Beacon and describes the hospitals built in coastal towns. Contributions made by pharmacists to the health of the community, and the nature of some of the prescriptions given will also be explored; and we will not leave out dentistry! It’s all about feeling good at the Kelley House this winter.