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Digital Highlights: “The Hospital Pupil’s Guide Through London”

The hospital pupil’s guide through London, in a seres [sic] of letters : from a pupil at St. Thomas’s Hospital to his friend in the country ; recommending the best manner of a pupils employing his time, and interspersed with …

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Digital Highlights: News for (Alumnae) Nurses

In February of 1907, the Alumnae Association of the School for Nursing at the New York Hospital agreed upon the publication of a newsletter for their alums: “It is hoped that the paper, if continued, may help to keep the …

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Digital Highlights: Coram and the Foundlings


The Foundling Hospital, founded in 1739 by Captain Thomas Coram in London, is the subject of John Brownlow’s 1858 The history and design of the Foundling Hospital : with a memoir of the founder. At the time of the book’s publication, …

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Digital Highlights: CSI (circa 1905)

Police procedurals — such as the popular CSI series and its spin-offs and imitators — were not the cultural presence in turn of the century America that they are today. The development of the detective story and the crime novel are …

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Digital Highlights: Pain Explained

According to the posthumous biography written by Edith Ellis (wife of sexologist Havelock Ellis), James Hinton was born in 1822, in Reading, England, outside of London. During his career as a physician, Hinton wrote widely on a variety of subjects, …

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Digital Highlights: Tour an “ultramodern” hospital in the year 1900

A Quarter of a Century with the Free Hospital for Women is a small picture book published in 1900, not long after the hospital had finished construction of its grand, new facility by a pond in Brookline, Massachusetts. The volume, held …

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Digital Highlights: Bell’s Art

Sir Charles Bell (1774-1842) is probably best known for his work in the human nervous system. He was one of the first to work out the detailed ramifications of human nerves and their myriad connections and interconnections. His work proved …

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Digital Highlights: Medical Education for Women

This seemed like an appropriate highlight for a Friday in Women’s History Month: An appeal on behalf of the medical education of women from 1856. The pamphlet — under 20 pages long — is a succinct summing up of the history …

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New to the MHL: Hiram Corson Diaries

Dr. Hiram Corson, an 1828 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, made his first diary entry March 31, 1827, while he was still a medical student.  His last entry was dated January 31, 1896.  He died March 4, 1896.  He …

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Digital Highlights: The Clue of Handwriting

"The Standard Forms of Executives" from French's "The psychology of handwriting."

Got a spare half hour this weekend? Want to know more about yourself? Then have a look at William L. French’s 1922 The psychology of handwriting — complete with illustrations! Are you a tea drunkard? French can tell from the downstroke …

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