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Monkey Business at the Medical Center

On a fall day in September 1972, the medical campus was on high alert for an escaped research patient.  A small rhesus macaque somehow broke loose from his quarters on the tenth floor of McMillan Hospital.  Now free to wander around on his own, this clever monkey was able to climb outside through an open window.

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William R. Gowers: clinical neurologist and artist

William R. Gowers (1845-1915) died 101 years ago.  I was first introduced to Gowers by an American Academy of Neurology fellow who requested many editions of his Manual of diseases of the nervous system. I continue to be amazed that he could capture so much of neurological signs and symptoms in line drawings.

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49th Historia Medica Lecture – Marc Moon

Dr. Moon joined the faculty at Washington University School of Medicine in 1998 and was promoted to Professor of Surgery in 2005.  In 2014 he was honored as the John M. Shoenberg Chair in Cardiothoracic Disease. 

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Juan Pablo Bonet and his Reduction de las letras

Some of the most fascinating objects in the CID-Max A. Goldstein Collection in Speech and Hearing are works that contain examples of early modern manual alphabets.  One of the most significant of these is Juan Pablo Bonet’s Reduction de las letras, y arte para enseñar a ablar los mudos (Simplification of the Letters of the  [Read more]

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Emeritus by Park J. White

I’m Emeritus; I love it.
There’s no title that’s above it.
Since I have no claim to Highness,
Please address me as Your Spryness

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Christopher Irvine’s Marvelous Magnet

October is a good time to highlight some of the more unusual items in our collection.  It doesn’t get much more unusual than medicinal cannibalism, which is exactly what it sounds like: the practice of using human body parts as an ingredient in medicinal recipes.

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