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Digital Highlights: “Concentration”

“We will not complain that we concentrate poorly, but we will proceed to train ourselves to concentrate wonderfully.” (8)

Digital Highlights: South for Health

“Sick people have but a single wish–that they may get well…” William Francis Hutchinson of Rhode Island starts his Under the Southern Cross: a guide to the sanitariums and other charming places in the West Indies and Spanish Main with a clear …

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Digital Highlights: “Plain Home Talk”


Edward B. Foote’s Plain home talk about the human system, published in 1870, is one of the large number of nineteenth century home advice manuals. Such manuals usually covered a wide variety of topics, potentially including not only medical advice, but …

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Digital Highlights: Cannon and Social Work

Medical social work was a burgeoning field in the early decades of the twentieth century; what might now be considered a ‘holistic approach’ to medicine — dealing with the patient’s social background, life experience, job, and so on — was …

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Digital Highlights: New York Journal of Medicine


New titles from our National Endowment for the Humanities-funded grant to digitize medical journals are going up in our collection on the Internet Archive regularly. A recent addition is the New York Medical Journal, in a run from 1865 to …

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Digital Highlights: Artificial Limbs


The rise in demand for artificial limbs — hands, legs, feet, and arms — after the American Civil War can readily be imagined. Recent scholarship in medical history has explored the medical care of the time. For those who survived serious …

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Digital Highlights: For the Fourth…

If you happen to be in the United States, you may be aware that this Friday is the Fourth of July, a traditional celebration of barbecue, fireworks, and sunburn. In case you feel like lashing out and making your own fireworks …

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Digital Highlights: “The American Instructor,” or: How to Do A Little Bit of Everything


The American Instructor promises to teach a little bit of everything except, perhaps, how to have a successful marriage: The American instructor, or, Young man’s best companion : containing, spelling, reading, writing and arithmetic, in an easier way than any yet …

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Digital Highlights: Poetic Cookery


After noticing the Poetical cook-book while putting together our new title round-up earlier in the week, I couldn’t resist having a flip through the pages. Perhaps I might find a guaranteed mnemonic for how to cook brown rice: a thing I …

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Digital Highlights: Elizabeth Packard Ware, Asylum Activist


In 1860, Elizabeth Parsons Ware Packard (see references in the Alabama Law Review and Project Muse) was committed to an Illinois insane asylum by her husband, with the assistance of a personal friend who was a physician. Packard claimed that she had been incarcerated unjustly and, after …

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