Thursday, July 14, 2016

On This Date in Minnesota History: July 14

July 14, 1911 – In Long Prairie, Minn., the Todd County Board of Commissioners appropriated $200 to help defray the expenses of a visiting nurse to tuberculosis families in this county.

The action was taken at the request of the local anti-tuberculosis association.

A census of the county indicates that there are about 50 cases of tuberculosis in the county.

The nurse will be sent to each family and spend from half a day to a day with them, studying the case and then suggesting methods of living that will help the patient and prevent the spread of the disease. After she has made the rounds, she will again visit each family to see if her directions and suggestions are being followed.

Todd County is one of the first counties in Minn. to undertake this work and it is in line with the general plan of anti-tuberculosis campaigns throughout the country to stamp out the plague by preventing its spread.

The Minneapolis Morning Tribune; “Todd County, Minn., to Aid Visiting Nurses in Fighting Tuberculosis”; July 15, 1911

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