Influenza Pandemic and the Sisters

The Influenza pandemic of 1918-1919, also known as the Spanish Flu, is considered one of the worst epidemics in history. Between the spring of 1918 and the summer of 1919, an estimated 50 million deaths worldwide were attributed to the flu, 34 million more than the total casualties of World

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Medical Mission Sisters

 The Medical Mission Sisters are an important religious order that seeks to aid the poor around the world. They were founded by Doctor Anna Dengel on September 30, 1925 and the first three to join were Doctor Joanna Lyons, Mary Evelyn Flieger, RN, and Marie Ulbrich, RN.[1] Dengel formed this

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Misericordia Hospital

On July 2, 1918 the Sisters of Mercy opened a new 100 bed hospital in West Philadelphia.[1] Named Misericordia Hospital, the opening of hospital was a long project that dated back to 1910 when Archbishop Prendergast first approached the Sisters about building a hospital.[2] So with the support of the

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Portrait photograph of Robert M. O'Reilly, circa 1870

A lengthy and active military career

I recently finished processing the Robert M. O'Reilly papers (MC 34) which document a good portion of O'Reilly's career as a surgeon for the U.S. Army. O'Reilly's appointment as surgeon general of the army, a position he held from 1902 until  his retirement in 1909, was the last in a

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