The neighborhood doctor

[Photo and narrative by my mother]

Jerry took me to the neighborhood doctor for our blood tests shortly before our 1947 marriage. I was so nervous I remember nothing of it.

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  • dummmy 8y

    I had my wife's teeth checked before we got married. Kidding.

    I remember hearing what the reason for the blood tests were, but I forget.
  • BarGal 8y

    Dummmy, the blood tests sure weren't for AIDS back then. I believe they're done to check rh factors. I think it goes if a woman has negative, then she shouldn't have children with a positive. But don't hold this to be the gospel.
  • mesmerical 8y

    Yes, they tested for three main things: syphilis, incompatibility of rh factors, and the mother's immunity to rubella (german measles). All are to protect possible babies.

    Now these kinds of tests (plus AIDS) are done at initial pre-natal appointments (by law).

    When I was really young, I somehow thought that this was done to make sure you weren't related. Ha ha ha.
  • Out to Lunch 8y

    When Out to Lunch Jr. was about the size of a peanut, nestled in the uterus wall of Ms. Out to Lunch we happened to live in Switzerland. The Swiss insisted on the above tests + some 30 more. Very thorough ...the bills were equally impressive.
  • dummmy 8y

    when dummmy, jr. was a peanut, i sure don't recall any of these tests. then again, i don't remember much of anything.
  • Karla 8y

    I always thought blood tests were to make sure you weren't related! lol. Wow, thanks for correcting my 21 years of ignorance!
  • Lovey-Dovey 8y

    A doctor with a cigarette. Wow!

    I thought the blood tests back then were for syphillus? I probably spelled that wrong but....
  • Gail Dedrick 8y

    Syphilis and other STDs were the main reason for the tests to begin with. It was considered a public health hazard in the 30s. It in interesting to note that no state requires a blood test for HIV, although a few countries do. However, some states have laws that the applicant be offered an HIV test.

    This article is a great overview.
  • Roadsidepictures 8y

    I can't stand needles. If I must have a shot, I have to close my eyes or I'll pass out!
  • Susan Harrison 8y

    Dummy, your wife's or your horse's? You were no dummy!
    OTL, interesting about the Swiss. And unsurprising!
    Lovey, smoking was only rumoured to be bad for one then.
    Gail, thanks for the excellent article!
    Poor Allen, I could give you a painless injection!
  • Gail Dedrick 8y

    I'm a total nerd for even researching the subject.
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