Ken Harrison 8:30 a.m., Nov. 18
- Dr. Charlotte Baker and family. It was advertised that over half the people in this city were consumptive.
San Diego's first woman doctor
Charlotte Baker helped close the Stingaree
- In 1911 automobile traffic in San Diego became unmanageable. The city council considered enacting speed limits and parking ordinances. The medical society [asked the council for] the following concessions for doctors: no speed limit; no limit to the time a car could ’stand in one place'; and permission to have a distinguishing mark placed on the doctors’ cars. As a result of this presentation, the council exempted the physicians from any regulations.
- Before they came to San Diego, the Bakers owned a ranch in New Mexico. Charlotte wrote of an attack: '...over 200 Apaches on the war path murdered the ranchers less than a day's journey southwest of us the night before. We had generally kept a good supply of ammunition for our four rifles but had carelessly let this run down to about a hundred rounds all told. This, of course, settled any question of remaining at the ranch, and we only awaited the foreman's return to be on our way. Soon he appeared, riding one horse and leading another and, in his arms, two baby antelopes which he had found beside their dead mother. These he bundled in with me, and they were harder to keep still than the children, who thought the whole performance was quite a lark for their benefit. Such a night I had with the babies and the antelopes. I rode with my six-shooter in my hands and a rifle nearby and was prepared to take no chances of the Indians getting the children should they attack us.'
- Baker was in San Francisco during the 1906 earthquake. She wrote: 'Waked a little after 5 with the most fearful earthquake, which lasted about 1 and 1/2 minutes...everyone moving, pushing trunks, bedsteads & everything on casters. City under martial law... The fire was a fearful but magnificent sight.' To cook meals, 'people made fire in stoves built from fallen bricks.' When the Bakers sailed home to San Diego on a steamer, 'the motion reminded us of earthquakes all the time.'
- The latter half of the 19th Century was called by some the golden age of the medicine show. Most people were uneducated and gullible about health. Even the best doctors, as shown in the San Diego society's minutes, did not know the real causes and cures for many diseases. According to Leland Stanford, who wrote a historical sketch of medical practices in San Diego, this city provided greater opportunity for quackery than any other. San Diego's climate had appealed to sufferers of pulmonary disease. It was advertised that over half the people in this city were consumptive. As a result, San Diego had more than its share of charlatans, who sold their nostrums, inhalators, and cures, such as a 'diet of dog meat.' It was in this climate that the local medical society struggled to legitimize its profession.
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