A History of the Medical Profession in Westfield, New Jersey: From Origins to 2000

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A History of the Medical Profession in Westfield, New Jersey: From Origins to 2000


Vicic, William J., Care Management Journals


A HISTORY OF THE MEDICAL PROFESSION IN WESTFIELD, NEW JERSEY: FROM ORIGINS TO 2000 Lorraine Tosiello, MD, FACP Westfield, NJ: Westfield Historical Society, 2009, 79 pp., $10.00 (softcover)

As she did during her medical residency in the Department of Community Medicine at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Center (then St. Vincent's Hospital) during the 1980s, Lorraine Tosiello quickly gets to work in A History of the Medical Profession in Westfield, New Jersey.

This unassuming and straight-as-anarrow account is introduced in a single page, following which Tosiello, using artifactual material and varied documents, becomes our docent through the corridors of a museumlike pamphlet of health care practice in northern New Jersey. We learn about the traditional customs of medicine men of the Lenni Lenape (Delaware) nation; much of the precolonial Native American lore is based on documentation by a Mohegan tribal woman who, in 1930, recorded interviews with a Lenape medicine man, indicating the tenacity of culturally based, nonscientific, and centuriesold health practices (sweat lodges and herbals). The 17th century brought to the New Jersey colony European academic medicine; maladies then were brought on most often by injury or infection, including viral pathogens. (The reader is reminded of similarities in the health profiles of today's homeless persons.)

Moving briskly, we are guided into the 18th century, when the first Americanschooled physicians took up local practice. …

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