In this episode of The Reference Desk, Katie is bewitched by the strange medical inventions and treatments of John Harvey Kellogg at his Battle Creek Sanitarium.
John Harvey Kellogg was a Seventh Day Adventist darling who gained directorship over their medical facility in mid-Michigan just a year after becoming a doctor. What followed was Kellogg becoming the face of modern medicine, beloved by America for bringing a renaissance of health. But behind the famous celebrities and politicians that flocked to his facility is a darker story. Kellogg fought with his brother until his death, completed horrific surgeries on children in the effort to stop the “evil vice,” and was a staunch eugenicist who fought to create a national race register.
Books mentioned in this episode (available at our bookshop):
Dr. John Harvey Kellogg and the Region of Biologic Living by Brian C. Wilson
The Kelloggs: The Battling Brothers of Battle Creek by Howard Markel
The Sawbones Book: The Hilarious, Horrifying Road to Modern Medicine by Dr. Sydnee McElroy, Justin McElroy
The Road to Wellville by T.C. Boyle
The Second Life of Mirielle West by Amanda Skenadore
The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue
The House of God by Samuel Shem