Would you know how many grams of cocaine to give a pregnant woman as a pain reliever? Or how many days a dead horse could lie in the hot sun on Alameda Street before it’s no longer edible? Early Los Angeles doctors encountered far different questions than those medical students might face today. Frontier Medicine is currently on display in Norris’ foyer. The exhibit highlights Norris Library’s Rare Book Room collection of works about the practice of medicine in the American wilderness during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Items borrowed from USC’s Wilson Dental Library and the Los Angeles City Archives are also on display.
Learn about the doctor who befriended Billy the Kid and Calamity Jane’s cowboy dentist and real Wild West medicine. See the Rare Book Room Visiting Guidelines to see additional examples of Frontier Medicine or Norris’ other special collections.