Becker Library Archives & Rare Books Division

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Room 702, Becker Library
MSC 8132-13-01, 660 South Euclid Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110-1010

Annual display of rare anatomical texts

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Archives & Rare Books Posts

Patent medicines part two: “Ayer” ready for this?

If you were in need of cathartic release in the 19th-century, you might reach for Ayer’s Pills — but relief is the last thing you’d be feeling.

Medicine and literature: Using medical humanities to enrich our professional lives

The Center for the History of Medicine is pleased to announce the eighth year of the reading group ‘Medicine and literature: Using medical humanities to enrich our professional lives’. This free program is open to the faculty and staff of Washington University, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis Children’s Hospital, and the Goldfarb School of Nursing.

Polarizing remedies, attractive cures: Animal magnetism, mesmerism, and mind-over-matter treatments

Also called mesmerism, animal magnetism reflected the zeitgeist of the era — a method of treatment that relied on harmony with nature and was dependent on unseen forces.