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Health and Medicine

(left) Nutrition counseling at the 1971 Chinatown Health Fair
Photo by Dr. Joseph Lau
(right) “Fight Infantile Paralysis” lapel pin, around 1941
Gift of Dr. Katherine Ott

Medical philanthropy is at once an intensely personal and inherently global cause.

The National Museum of American History’s collections and programs offer windows onto Americans’ experiences in giving for medicine since the late 1700s.

Nutrition counseling at the 1971 Chinatown Health Fair and “Fight Infantile Paralysis” lapel pin, around 1941

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