Medical History
Life and times of a Civil War-era doctor
“Send for the Doctor,” National Museum of Health and Medicine

The National Museum of Health and Medicine’s latest Science Cafe event will be a presentation on Edward Stone­street, a prominent Rockville doctor from the Civil War era. “Send for the Doctor” describes Stonestreet’s 52-year medical career, during which he served as a community and family physician, the founder of the Montgomery County Medical Society, the county’s first health officer and a surgeon for the Union Army. The event is based on a book about Stonestreet by Clarence Hickey, an interpretive docent at the Montgomery County Historical Society, who will lead the presentation. The free event will be held Sept. 25 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Silver Spring Civic Building, 1 Veterans Place, Silver Spring. For more information, call 301-319-3300.

Text-message series aims to help keep mom and baby healthy

Text4baby is a service, sponsored by Johnson & Johnson, that sends ad-free texts to moms and moms-to-be. The messages cover topics including prenatal care, immunizations, breast-feeding, nutrition, substance abuse, nutrition and developmental milestones. Participants will receive about three messages each week as well as occasional breaking-news alerts. While the messages are not personalized, the choice of topics is intended to coincide with each enrolled woman’s stage in pregnancy and her child’s age. For example, pregnant women can receive a six-message “starter pack” of tips. Parents can sign up by texting “BABY” (or “BEBE” for messages in Spanish) to 511411 . The service requires parents to share the baby’s due date or date of birth and a Zip code.

Maggie Fazeli Fard