“A Damn Yankee Down in Dixie”
Bradley emphasized prevention with patients because curing diseases remained problematic in early twentieth century medicine. The zeitgeist of the Progressive Era boded well for expanding health care in urban areas, but the doctor worried about rural families, especially in Appalachia. She closed her Atlanta office in 1915 and became a rural field doctor for the US Children’s Bureau.
Keywords: Bradley children, scientific medicine, maternal mortality, public health, tuberculosis, Julia Lathrop, General Federation of Women’s Clubs, US Children’s Bureau, “conferences”, pioneer vs. settler
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