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National Poetry Month – Samuel Garth’s The Dispensary

Garth’s work is a satirical take on the traditional epic poem, and is perhaps one of the better examples of the “medical poetry” genre. What better way to celebrate National Poetry Month than by taking a closer look at this work and its author?

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In her own words: Caroline Whitney

Dear Sir: – Before I left St. Louis last Spring, I spoke to you about certain aspirations of mine towards a Fellowship with the National Research Council. You may not remember the conversation, but I am taking advantage of your offer to help me if I should need advice.

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Women in the Print Shop

Our rare book collections hold several editions of Ambroise Paré’s surgical works.  This is not unusual.  Paré (1510-1590) is one of the most famous early modern surgeons, and his writings were very popular during that time period.  While he published short treatises on distinct subjects beginning in 1545, the large folio editions of his collected  [Read more]

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A Socialite, A Baby, and Blackmail: Scandal and High Society in Prohibition Era St. Louis

This article continues the Becker Brief of March 17, 2016 on the events surrounding the 1931 kidnapping of Dr. Isaac Kelley, a St. Louis area physician. During the trials of his kidnappers three years later, a St. Louis socialite was implicated in the plot to abduct Dr. Kelley. Her trail for the kidnapping was followed by accusations of illegal baby purchasing and blackmail.

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Women’s History Month: Mary Putnam Jacobi

March is Women’s History Month!  Here in Archives and Rare Books, we’re going to celebrate by highlighting some of the remarkable women represented in our collections.

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50th Historia Medica Lecture – Alisha Rankin

Alisha Rankin, PhD, Associate Professor in the Department of History at Tufts University, will be the guest speaker for the 50th Historia Medica lecture on Thursday, March 10.  Dr. Rankin will present, “Poison Trials:  Testing Antidotes in Early Modern Europe.”

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