A Brief Look at Public Health Nursing in Kentucky

In the early 20th-century in Kentucky, a growing movement to educate the public about communicable and preventable diseases began taking place. Kentuckians and, arguably, many other Americans were reluctantly content with allowing the progression of diseases for any number of reasons; largely due to a lack of public health education and tools needed to combat…

The 1918 “Spanish” Influenza Pandemic

Quick Facts About Kentucky and the Spanish Influenza Pandemic Approximately 13,000-14,000 Kentuckians were casualties of the first and second waves of the pandemic. October 1-3, 1918: ambulances at General Hospital (Louisville) were working 24 hours a day picking up sick and febrile patients with fevers exceeding 103 degrees Fahrenheit. October 4, 1918: the isolation ward…

Louisville’s 1902 Morgue Scandal

In 1894 the Board of Public Safety and Kentucky legislature passed sweeping changes to Kentucky’s laws regarding the morgue in Louisville, Kentucky and unclaimed bodies. The former held that the morgue shall be in charge of the janitor at the University of Louisville and shall be open at all hours of the day and night…