Harriet Cole was a dedicated hospital worker. She worked as a cleaning lady and janitor at various hospitals.
She lived a very short life, and not a lot is known about the life that she lived. Her main hospital cleaning stint was at the Homeopathic Medical College in Philadelphia.
This college is now a part of the well-recognized Drexel University.
She served this college during the 1880s and a major part of her duties consisted of cleaning up classrooms and college labs.
One of these classrooms belonged to one Dr. Rufus B Weaver.
Although most of Harriet Cole’s contributions were dedicated towards cleaning and janitorial duties, her greatest contribution sadly came after her untimely demise where she donated her body for scientific research.
She made this decision while she was severely ill.
She wanted medical specialists to examine her body and see if they could find various types of cures to prevent different ailments from occurring in the future.
Some even consider this contribution by Harriet Cole to be a far greater contribution to what the doctors made at that time.
Experienced doctors and researchers claim that without Harriet Cole’s contribution, medical science would not have advanced as much as it has now.
The researches that medical professionals did on Harriet’s body ensured that they had a better understanding of how the nervous system of human beings works.
Who Was Dr. Rufus And What Was Harriet Cole’s Connection With Him
Doctor Rufus was a well-respected anatomy professor of the Homeopathic medical college.
He was a Gettysburg native and started his career in the anatomy field right after the Civil War ended.
This field was considered to be quite novel at that time and only a select few people were able to make it.
Suffice to say, there was a lot of prestige involved in any human anatomy related field.
A large number of soldiers participated in the Gettysburg battle, many of them ended up getting severely injured or even killed.
Since the time and situation then was very harsh, these dead soldiers had to be buried near places where they met their end; therefore, most of their graves were quite shallow.
Doctor Rufus’s father, who was named Samuel, was enlisted to offer help in identifying the dead.