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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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Mungo Park’s Travels to the Interior of Africa

Although we are a medical library, not every single volume in our rare book collections takes medicine as its focus.  Our shelves also have 19th century novels, 18th century poetry, and 19th century poetry of questionable quality.  We also have quite a few travelogues!  Today we’ll look at Mungo Park’s account of his explorations in West Africa in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. 

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“The Green Sheet”: Letters from Home During World War II

Beginning in 1942, the staff of the Jewish Hospital of St. Louis created and mailed “The Green Sheet,” a monthly newsletter which earned its nicknamed from the colored paper it was printed on. Officially named “216 South Kingshighway,” the missive was sent to members of Jewish Hospital serving in the military during World War II, and contained both news of the staff left at home, as well as excerpts from deployed staff members’ letters. The 31 issues held in the Bernard Becker Medical Library Archives provide an intimate glimpse into the global experiences of St. Louis servicemembers during the Second World War.

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Prophetic Illustration in the Paracelsus Collection

Prophetic works began to be printed as soon as Gutenberg developed his system of printing with movable metal type.  In the early modern period, illustrated prophetic texts provided a way for people to try and understand the political and religious upheavals that surrounded them. 

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