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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

Mining Charity

Comstock Mining Co. illustration

Bringing Health Care to the Community

Chinatown Health Fair poster

How Evelyn Lauder took on breast cancer at the cosmetics counter

A heart shaped content

How black Philadelphians fought for soldiers during World War I

An illustration of an African American soldier

When philanthropists convinced people to save lives

A medal for the Humane Society of Massachusetts

Kids pitched in to defeat disease and advance medical research

"Fight Infantile Paralysis" metal button

Teaching AIDS awareness through trading cards

AIDS Awareness trading cards

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