Dr. Anna Giering, 1897
Although Dr. Anna Giering was a physician practicing out of Baltimore, Maryland, she advertised widely and frequently throughout the region. Dr. Giering specialized in "diseases of women only". She is included on this Allegany County women's history website because this would seem to indicate a lack of and a need and demand for medical services specific to women in this area.
The ad above appeared in the Friday, May 28, 1897 issue of The Review, a newspaper published in Lonaconing, Maryland. It reads:
DR. ANNA GIERING
Twenty-five years’ experience.
Specialist in Diseases of Women Only.
Private Sanitarium of high repute.
Absolute privacy afforded.
Female Regulative Pills $2.00 per box
Advice by mail.
1603 EAST BALTIMORE STREET, BALTIMORE, MD.
A similar ad for Dr. Giering in a November 1909 issue of the Delmarva Journal read:
“Twenty-five years’ experience. Specialist in Diseases of Woman only. Private Sanitarium of high repute. Absolute privacy afforded. Female Regulative Pills: $2.00 per box. Advice by mail. 603 East Baltimore Street, Baltimore, Md. Vegetable Compound for Female Complaints: $1.00. Wives without Children, consult me.”
Similar ads were placed in the Baltimore Sunday Herald of December 10, 1896, The Journal of Denton, Maryland in 1900 and even the Virginian-Pilot out of Norfolk, Virginia in 1905.
Anna Giering was listed in the 1895 Medical, Pharmaceutical and Dental Registry with her office located at 1603 E. Baltimore Street, Baltimore, Maryland. A 1903 article in the Maryland Medical Journal notes that Dr. Robert Giering and his mother, Dr. Anna Giering, “have been indicted by the grand jury of Baltimore city for making improper publications in a medical paper which they print.”
Text - Albert Feldstein
As noted in Cumberland, Maryland Through the Eyes of Herman J. Miller, beginning January 1, 1897 a free dispensary would be available for diseases peculiar to women at the Western Maryland Hospital. Patients who could not afford to pay were examined and treated free of charge. The dispensary was open two days a week, Monday and Friday, with hours were from 9:00 am to 10:00 am. A nurse was in attendance. In 1900 the Cumberland City Directory noted two female physicians among the thirty-one doctors identified as practicing in the city. (See Cumberland, Maryland through the eyes of Herman J. Miller)
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