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Archives and Rare Books

Virginia Minnich, Professor of Medicine

This short biography of Virginia Minnich (1910-1996) was researched and written by Ellen Dubinsky and first appeared in Becker Medical Library’s digital exhibit, Medical Journeys: Transplanting medical knowledge across the world (2007-2009). Born on January 24, 1910, Virginia Minnich was raised on her family’s farm in southern Ohio. Economic conditions forced Virginia to delay starting  [Read more]

Archives and Rare Books

Bob Hope’s Cookbook Fundraiser for St. Louis Children’s Hospital

The famous actor and comedian Bob Hope raised money for St. Louis Children’s Hospital throughout his career.  On numerous occasions throughout the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, he visited with patients, served as the host at Children’s Hospital fundraisers, and organized several celebrity golf tournaments in St. Louis — with all benefits going to the hospital.   [Read more]

Archives and Rare Books

Leonhard Thurneisser and the Secrets of Alchemy

There are plenty of treasures scattered throughout our rare book holdings, but we’re currently enamored with Leonhard Thurneisser zum Thurm’s Quinta Essentia, a wonderfully illustrated alchemical poem that’s a definite highlight of the Robert E. Schlueter Paracelsus Collection. Like Paracelsus himself, Thurnheisser led an itinerant life. Born in 1531 in Basel, he learned the craft  [Read more]


All modules of Ditki are now available

Ditki (formerly Draw it to Know it) provides an efficient learning platform for faculty, students, and clinicians. Through a rigorous process, Ditki Medical & Biological Sciences presents anatomy and science in an instructive format that flows logically, so comprehension comes naturally, and memorization comes easily. Interactive exercises, drills, quizzes, and downloadable flashcards are available.

Modules include all human body systems along with subject modules on biochemistry, neuroscience, genetics, and histology among others.  Board preparation tutorials for USMLE/COMLEX QBanks are also available. The Board Prep materials provide questions and rapid-review tutorials, designed to save you time as you review.

Scholarly Publishing

September 2023 Scholarly Communications Round-up

Learn more about upcoming events for Open October 2023, new SciENcv tools for NSF applicants, and My Bibliography. Open October 2023 Join us for a series of seminars highlighting trends in open science, open data and open access. The Keynote seminar, Expanding public access: Perspectives from NIH, NSF and NASA, will feature Jessica Tucker, Martin  [Read more]


ILLiad Update

Becker Library Technology Services, working closely with Collection Management, has updated the Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad) request web pages. The new pages are mobile-friendly and more accessible. Users can now retrieve a full history of requests and search across active and previous requests. To learn more about Interlibrary Loan at Becker Library: If you have  [Read more]

Mastering Information

SciComm Seminars Return

Our #SciComm Seminars are back this fall with exciting new topics to expand your science communication toolbox. Here are some highlights from the 2022-23 #SciComm Seminars series: Beth Prusaczyk, Assistant Professor of Medicine, drew from her experiences in policymaking and journalism for valuable tips on how to prepare, deliver, and follow up on your advocacy  [Read more]

Archives and Rare Books

The Humors and You! Medieval Health, Diet, and Humoral Theory

Practitioners of humoral theory took the idea of a balanced diet to a whole new level as they incorporated the consumption of food and drink into their medical belief system. A prevalent medical practice in medieval and early-modern Europe, humoral theory has its roots as far back as Hippocrates and Galen in ancient Greece. The four  [Read more]

Science and Informatics

Free Bioinformatics Training at WUSM

Becker Medical Library offers free trainings to introduce researchers to the fundamentals of biomedical research computing, basic programming concepts and tools, and to prepare researchers for ongoing learning. Have you participated in any of the introductory genomic data analysis workshops through Becker Medical Library?  Are you interested in additional in-depth training to learn more about  [Read more]


New to WashU? Welcome to Becker!

Welcome to Washington University School of Medicine! Whether you’re new to WashU or returning to campus, Bernard Becker Medical Library is here to assist with your education and research needs. Essential resources and services: Find assistance with literature searches, using databases and other information needs: Email us at or visit the Information Services Desk  [Read more]

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