My grandson recently turned three and while attending his birthday party I watched him playing with a toy doctor kit. He was happily (perhaps a little too happily) walking around the room giving everyone shots with a plastic hypodermic needle. The moment brought back memories of my childhood and the ubiquity of toy doctor and nurse kits.
I decided to do a little research and was surprised that I could find little or nothing written on the subject. In addition, I was also surprised that the kits didn't seem to exist prior to the 1950's.
I was, however, able to find a number of images and it seemed like there were actually more nurse's kits than doctor kits.
The Little Family Doctor Kit also dates to the 1950's. The image above gives us a good look inside one of the kits which contains candy pills, a stethoscope as well as one of those round things that went on the forehead. And, by the way, what was that round thing? I never saw an actual doctor use one.