toxic_apiaceae (toxic_apiaceae) wrote in little_details,

1920s Doctors Practicing From Home

Okay, so I'm currently working on a massive overhaul of my novel, part of which is changing it from 1890s England steampunk to 1920s United States steampunk.

One of my man characters is a doctor/mad scientist who is basically trying to "cure" death. He goes about diggin up bodies and performing experimentations on reviving them. During the day, however, he does his job as a doctor -- hey, it pays the bills and allows him to purchase research equipment.

So, my questions are these:

1. Was it common for 1923 Baltimore/Philadelphia doctors to practice out of their house, or were practices outside the home starting to take over?

2. How unusual would it be for a doctor during that time to practice alone, as in without a nurse or assistant?

Some of the sources I've tried are a site called Roaring 20s Lifestyle (which is great for general domestic referencing, by the way), a book called "Back Then: Baltimore 1920-1930" (again, great for historical and pop culture referencing points but nothing specific like this), and a journal called "Turn Of The Century Medicine). The last was fantastic for specific procedures and such, but not so great in this regard.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for your time!
Tags: 1920-1929, usa: history (misc), usa: maryland, usa: pennsylvania, ~medicine: historical

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