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Smallpox in Alaska. ? The U. S. Treasury Department has asked the Department of the Interior to transfer Sledge Island, near Nome, Alaska, to the Treasury Department, to be used as a smallpox quarantine station, on account of the prevalence of smallpox in Alaska.
2150 July 7, 1960 ... Alaska; revoking EO of Sept. 4, 1902; which withdrew Sledge Islandfor use of Public Health and Marine Hospital Service.25 FR 6566
Public Health Service officers aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Bear. Since 1879 medical officers of the Service have been assigned to Coast Guard vessels. Many of the early assignments were on expeditions to Alaska, the Arctic, and on training cruises from the Coast Guard Academy. The Bear was built in Scotland in 1873 and was especially designed for navigating through ocean ice. After being acquired by the Federal Government in 1884, the Bear served in the Arctic for nearly 40 years on various rescue, assistance, investigation, and patrol missions.c. 1915http://www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/phs_history/healthcare.html#136
(my curiousity got away from me again!)
DR. ALBERT L. DERBYSHIRE DURING the past three years Dr. A. L. Derby- shire has filled the position of Assistant Sur- geon of the U. S. Marine Hospital Service in Nome. This position places him in charge of the hospital and quarantine work, and requires him to inspect all vessels arriving at Nome. Dr. Derbyshire has discharged his duties faithfully, and in a manner to receive the commendation of the public. Many times in midsummer he has been awakened after midnight by a hustling agent of a steamer, and has obligingly arisen from his bed to go out and inspect a vessel, al- though the regulations of his department did not re- quire him to work at these hours. But he is an old resident of Nome, and understands the conditions here ? the uncertainty of the weather, and the value to steamship comoanies of a smooth sea when cargoes are to be discharged, or passengers are to be landed. Frequently storms come up suddenly, without an hour's warning, and lash the sea into fury so that steamers have to seek safety in an anchorage five or six miles from land, or shelter in the lee of Sledge Island, twenty miles distant. D DERBYSHIRE. Derbyshire's BIOGRAPHIES AND STORIES. 367 prompt response to calls for his official service at all hours is commendable and has been helpful to steamship companies and the public. Dr. Derbyshire is a native of Franklin County, Indiana. He was born May 23, 1 85 1 . When a young man he learned telegraphy, and was employed as a telegraph operator on the Wabash Railroad for a period of six years. It twas during this time he began the study of medicine. He afterward completed his medical education in the Ohio Medical College at Cincinnati and Indiana Medical College at Indianapolis, and was gradu- ated from the latter institution Feb. 1 8, 1 886. He began the practice of medicine in Con- nersville, Ind. In 1887 he moved to San Diego, Cal., and practiced in San Diego and El Cajon Valley. He spent a year at Cedrous Island, Mexico, as physician for a mining com- pany, and moved to Oregon in 1 893, locating at Stayton, seventeen miles from Salem. Five years later he moved to Portland where he resided until the spring of 1 900, when he came to Nome. He tried his hand at mining for a couple of years, but resumed the practice of his profession in 1902, subsequently receiving the Government appointment heretofore noted. Dr. Derbyshire was married in 1879. The issue of this marriage is a daughter, Laura, now twenty-three years old. Mrs. Derbyshire died in 1 882. Thirteen years later he contracted a second marriage with Miss Francis A. Briggs, of Stayton, Oregon. Dr. Derbyshire is a courteous gentleman, and a man of worth.
medical supplies obtained at Shanghai, China:2 lbs Hydrargi Oleas 6.001 Ko Hydrargri Ungt 5.0010 lbs Magnesia Sulphas 1.255 lbs Absorbent Cotton 4.7540 yds Muslin 6.001 lb Mustard 1.502 oz Protargol 8.5010~00 Tablet bottles. Fil Hydrargri Prato-Iodide 5.00wikipedia has an entry for hydrargyri "blue pill" - a mercury based medicine used for syphilis, TB, constipation, toothache, parasites, and pain of childbirth. Blue pill + black draught was a standard cure for constipation (especially on ships!). Black draught laxative is a combination of senna + magnesia. Protargol is a silver based astringent, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory. It was used to treat gonorrhea. The hydrargri proto-iodide was prescribed for everything from acne to kidney disease, and syphilis.