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Public Health Nurse’s Bag

ca. 1945

Public health nurses were key figures in the fight against malaria. Nurses administered malaria tests to the public. To test for malaria, a nurse was trained to stab a patient’s finger with a needle to draw blood, wipe one drop of blood off the finger, and squeeze two drops of blood on the slide. The slide would then be examined in a laboratory for evidence of malaria infection. These materials were lightweight and easy to carry in a nurse’s bag for house visits.

Medical Artifacts Collection, History of Medicine Collections, Vanderbilt University Libraries