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Frontera: Health on the Border

Centralized guide to all EPCC's local history publications, videos and guides and sources for local history topics

Border Health (Polio, Diphtheria, Cholera, Typhus)

Clean Water in El Paso - William Follett

El Paso Medical Society 

After doing all your research, call to see if you can visit the Society.  They used to have a medical heritage museum there.  1301 Montana Ave, El Paso 915-533-0940

People in Medicine to Research

Here are some suggested names for which there's a good amount of information: 

  • Schuster Family / Providence Hospital see information in the Men in Medicine and Science link
  • Dr, Jerome Love -- Nationally known Ysleta physician who had a mobile office and delivered babies in the lower valley, 1930s-1940s.  
  • Ira Pearl Gunn -- Military nurse anesthetist buried in Arlington Cemetery
  • Dr, Mariano Samaniego -- Juarez pioneer physician, governor of Chihuahua, health officer, soldier. 

Follow the links below to discover sources on these names and others who were influential in medicine on the border. 

Research tips

Note details that might seem insignificant at first glance, in case one finds other information later.

Women's information is often found through researching the men in their lives (i.e. husband, fathers, etc.) so the notes here might only state that Mrs. X was married to Mr. X who was important for some reason, but in researching him, there might be information about his wife found later.

Research full text of local newspaper articles back to 1881 in this database available to EPCC users and in person in EPCC Libraries: 


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