Cupping and Mackinac Hospital

Cupping kit and picture of Fort Mackinac Army hospital 1860

On the left is a close-up of the cupping kit used at the military hospital in Fort Mackinac, Michigan. At that time and in those circumstances no physician would be without such a kit. Brass and glass were the materials available at the time. On the right is a photo of the hospital as it appeared in the 1880’s. Photo of cupping kit by Colleen Whiteford at the Fort Mackinac Army Hospital Museum. Photo of hospital accessed online at, and originally discovered in the digital from collection of the U.S. National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland.

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