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Daniel Drumheller: Good Genes and a Bit of Luck

The writer of this article on Daniel Drumheller was Norman Bolker, a retired physician in Spokane who was interested in western history. This story of one immigrant's battle with disease originally ap...

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Davis, Aubrey (1917-2013)

Health care reformer, public transportation advocate, politician, civil servant, businessman, inventor, environmentalist -- Aubrey Davis affected the lives of Northwesterners for more than half-a-cent...

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Dr. Mom by Dorothea Nordstrand

In this People's History, Dorothea (Pfister) Nordstrand (1916-2011) recalls what "family medicine" meant at a time when professional health care was often not available.The Pfister family homesteaded ...

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Dr. Samual Goldenberg recalls the campaign to liberalize Washington's abortion laws

Dr. Samuel Goldenberg (1921-2011), a Seattle psychologist, organized the Citizens' Abortion Study Group after being unable to help two of his patients obtain legal abortions in 1967. The group, later ...

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Farmer, Frances (1913-1970)

Seattle-born actress Frances Farmer, a rising star in the 1930s, is remembered today more for her unfortunate life story than for her once promising career. Talented and beautiful, Farmer was also wil...

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Firland Sanatorium

Firland Sanatorium, Seattle's municipal tuberculosis hospital, opened on May 2, 1911, to help combat what was at the time Seattle's leading cause of death. Firland was located on 34 acres in the Rich...

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Fort Lewis: Convalescent House/Family Resource Center

During World War I, the American Red Cross built and operated a convalescent house at Camp Lewis (and another at Vancouver Barracks), maintaining the center for about a year, until the wounded war vet...

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Gates, Mary Maxwell (1929-1994) and family

The Seattle civic activist and philanthropist Mary Gates and her husband William H. Gates strived to create a quality environment for their children inside their home, as well as outside in the commun...

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Group Health 1974: A Ward Clerk's Story

This is a first person account reprinted from From the Ground Up: A Seattle Feminist Newspaper, June 1974. In it, Helen Dunn describes the inequities and gender politics of hospital work in the mid-19...

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Group Health Cooperative -- Part 1: Planting the Seeds, 1911-1945

The health care visionaries who founded Group Health Cooperative in Seattle in 1945 were activists in the farmers' grange movement, the union movement, and the consumer cooperative movement. Their ins...

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Group Health Cooperative -- Part 2: Open for Business, 1946-1950

The health care visionaries who founded Group Health Cooperative in Seattle in 1945 were activists in the farmers' grange movement, the union movement, and the consumer cooperative movement. Their ins...

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Group Health Cooperative -- Part 3: Growing Up and Out, 1952-1965

The health care visionaries who founded Group Health Cooperative in Seattle in 1945 were activists in the farmers' grange movement, the union movement, and the consumer cooperative movement. Their ins...

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