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Martinsville Medical Lecture Has Historic Connection

Dr. Noel Boaz Dr. Noel Boaz

Video Journalist: Angela Fowler

Martinsville, VA- On Sunday people had a chance to learn about medical practices dating back a century ago in the Martinsville area.

A lecture was given at The Martinsville-Henry County Heritage Center & Museum regarding father and son team, Doctor's Jesse and John Shackelford, who established a state-of-the-art Hospital and modern medical practices over a century ago in Southern Virginia.

Dr. Noel Boaz narrated as people had a chance to view some of the primitive tools such as an X-Ray device built before photography was invented, Anesthesia devices and an EKG machine.

Even two daughters of Dr. John Shackelford dropped by to visit the museum and take a walk back through time.

Dr. Noel Boaz returned home to Henry County last year to concentrate on the newly proposed College of Henricopolis School of Medicine which will be located in Martinsville.

This school will positively impact the quality of life and economic health of the community, and Boaz feels that a lot of past studies can be used in modern day medicine.

"What of this heritage do we want to keep, because these doctors were paragons of physicians, they were very important parts of the community, and they were extremely good as healers," said Dr. Noel Boaz: Chairman of the College of Henricopolis.

This exhibit is co-sponsored by the Martinsville-Henry County Historical Society and the College of Henricopolis School of Medicine

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