Throwback Thursday has rural health care on the brain, what with the Rural Health Care Leadership Conference commencing Feb. 7. This week's TBT recognizes a tiny portion of the struggles rural providers have faced over the years.

kitchen-surgery-rural-NCThis photo from the late 1800s or early 1900s depicts a kitchen-table surgery in rural North Carolina. Source: North Carolina Division of Archives.


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A 1944 polio epidemic prompted the conversion of a camp into an emergency polio hospital in Hickory, N.C., which came to be called "Miracle of Hickory." Source: North Carolina Museum of History