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Historical Podcasts

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125 Years of Florida Public Health Exhibit

September 30, 2014 – May 10, 2015
125 Years of Florida Public Health Exhibit
at the Florida Historic Capitol Museum
400 S. Monroe Street, Tallahassee, FL

125 Years of Florida Public Health

The Florida Health 125 historical podcast series is designed to inspire and educate public as to the heritage of public health in Florida.

Episode #5: Bubonic Plague in Florida?

With the discovery that the same vicious disease that ravaged Europe for centuries was discovered in Pensacola during the roaring 1920’s, Dr. Ralph Greene, a Florida State Health Officer, was forced to take swift action.

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Episode #4: Health Train

In 1915, the Florida Legislature approved the State Board of Health to commission a "Health Train" equipped with staff and health education tools to travel to rural areas to educate Floridians about basic hygiene, disease prevention and patient care.

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Episode #3: Dr. Porter Calls in the Navy

When State Health Officer, Dr. Joseph Yates Porter was met with resistance when trying to contain an 1896 outbreak of Smallpox in Key West, he was forced to take extreme measures to contain the epidemic. State steamer “Germ’, and U.S. Navy ships “USS Maine”, and “USS Montgomery” blockade the port. (Approx two years later the Maine suffered a catastrophic loss and sank in Havana Harbor on the evening of 15 February 1898. Survivors were taken to Key West, Florida).

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Episode #2: Outrage During a Maritime Inspection

Account of State Board of Health Maritime Inspector, Morris Cochran, performing a maritime inspection & encountering a hostile crew.

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Episode #1: Origins

2014 marks the 125th anniversary of Florida Public Health. Travel back in time with the Florida Department of Health to discover the origins of public health in Florida, beginning with the founding of the Florida State Board of Health on February 20th, 1889.

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