Archives and Rare Books

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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“Occupation: Social Evil”

“There has been sin in the universe ever since Satan tore Heaven asunder and hell was born, and hand to hand with sin, down through the aisle of time, both in sacred and profane history, has stalked ‘The Scarlet Woman’ – at once man’s creation, man’s sorrow and man’s curse.”

– "Missouri Republican", December 29, 1872

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