John Manke is an active former Bay View resident who is involved in numerous neighborhood organizations, including the Bay View Historical Society, the Humboldt Park Fourth of July Association and the Shore Shore Farmers Market. He believes Bay View has a fine tradition in its past that we do not want to lose in the future.
In the old days, almost anyone could claim to be a doctor. Barbers did blood letting besides giving a shave and a haircut. There were few rules concerning who could be a doctor. In pioneer days, some people went to a medicine man or to a wise old women for folk remedies to cure any illness. As the pioneers came her from our east, doctors like Dr. Enoch Chase came from Vermont. Some doctors came from Europe. Slowly but surely, real educated doctors appeared in our area. In war time, medics did a great job taking care of wounded men. Many learned from their experiences and went on to college to become medical doctors. As time went on, many doctors decided to spread their wings and learn specialty fields. In these specialty fields, much research was done and new cures and medicines were developed. Today when you have a major problem, a specialist will be called on to help cure you and help you out. It is amazing to consider what all happened in the early days, and how different things are today. Many people today are alive because of new things learned by doctors and research groups. Be happy that you are here today rather than in the past. The medical field has come a long way since the pioneer days. Thank your doctor for helping you in any illness that you have.