In these days of modern medicine you would probably expect that the majority of support and knowledge came from Doctors or Health Professional. I have been qualified in my allied health profession for 30 years, but it has always been portrayed in a proactive manner? Even in the current Corona Virus epidemic the role that pharmacy teams play has been hugely under estimated and acknowledged. As someone who has worked across the relevant fields, community, hospital, learning environments and statutory bodies, I see that all are under valued, but leading that way are the community pharmacy teams.
Today’s post is not about the shortcomings of a profession, (I might save that for another day!), but about the focus on health conditions that might lead to a specialised study, and might lead to such a study for a variety of reasons.
I have long pondered the thought that Thyroid conditions are hereditary and I have written about it numerous times, though I should write a more up to date post. I tend to keep an archive of articles that I come across, including a printed archive of material and numerous books. I do the same for Polio, for interest relating to my late Mum.
Today’s post is about material that can help us with a quest for either information about specific conditions, the impact of them in a genealogical sense or the history of the various condition themselves. What follows below is a list of links that you might find useful as you research:
- Welcome Library – It is possible to have an electronic account, free of charge, to build lists, saved searches etc.
- Walgreens, Boots, Alliance Digital Archive – The archive includes material relating to Boots UK, Walgreens, Dollond & Aitchison, Optrex Ltd, Timothy Whites, Taylors Ltd, Unichem and E.Moss Ltd. (The National Archives at Kew has the entry within it’s catalogue which provides some biographic details to the businesses above)
- Voluntary Hospital Database – this is a fascinating set up of voluntary Hospitals. The history details is HERE and covers the period before the National Health Service began in 1948.
- Red Cross – Museum and Archives
- International Committee of the Red Cross
We are living in unprecedented times. Our lives impacted by something that is dangerous and yet invisible. Just months ago, this invisible destroyer was unknown to us and now sets us challenges. Any notes that we make, recordings we undertake on our smart phones, provides and opportunity for the next generation to explore these challenges. In much the same way as we ask what people did in the War, Our next generations could potentially ask what we did about Covid 19.
Examining the cause of death on death certificates is very interesting. You can see if a pattern of conditions forms. Though the death certificate will confirm what actually caused the fatality. Sometimes, the cause of death is not explanatory of other conditions that assisted in the patient passing away.
Whilst someone’s passing is a sad loss, it also provides time for us as genealogists to record the facts, and to add notes and context relating to the conditions. It may offer us insight into our individual family genetics and enable us to research with understanding.
Taking part in the A-Z Challenge for 2020