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Archives and Rare Books

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.

Science and Informatics

KEGG site license and local mirror at WU

Becker Medical Library is happy to announce that a site license and  local mirror for the Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes (KEGG) is available to all in the Washington University community for academic use, free of charge.

Archives and Rare Books

“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

Mastering Information

Trick-or-Treat Safety: The Evidence

In 1982, after seven people in Chicago died of Tylenol that had been tampered with cyanide; my neighbors stopped handing out homemade candy apples and popcorn balls and went to all store-bought, prepackaged candy. This has always seemed an odd response to me since the Tylenol that had been tampered with had been purchased that  [Read more]

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