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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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Digital Highlights: “Il barbiere”

Click through the pages above or follow this link to read Il barbiere (1626). As always, for more from the Medical Heritage Library, please visit our full collection!

Digital Highlights: Every day, in every way…

If you’re still working on those New Year’s resolutions, perhaps today’s title can help! Emile Coué’s “formula” might be considered one of the originals in the ‘self-help’ genre. His theory worked along the lines of auto-suggestion: you could talk yourself …

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Digital Highlights: Hygiene and Home Nursing

It is interesting to note that Louisa C. Lippitt’s 1919 Personal hygiene and home nursing is specifically directed in the subtitle to girls and women. In modern parlance this would be described as a ‘gendered’ assumption: why would a man not find it useful to …

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Digital Highlights: A Clinic Reports

After Lisa Mix’s post on hospital reports, the series of annual reports from the Payne-Whitney psychiatric clinic caught my eye this week. The report for 1935 is the third annual for the department and is a detailed write-up of clinic activities. …

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Guest Post: What Can We Learn from Hospital Reports?


Since becoming an MHL contributor in 2013, the Medical Center Archives of NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell has been steadily adding materials, funded by a series of “micro-grants” from the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) Digitization Grant Program. I reported on materials …

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Digital Highlights: A History of Hypnotism

Flip through the pages below or click this link to read The elements of hypnotism: the induction of hypnosis its phenomena, its dangers and value (1893). As always, for more from the Medical Heritage Library, please visit our full collection!

Weekend Reading

Most of us in the US are looking at some amount of time off in the next week or so and I don’t know about you but one of my first priorities is always to get myself well stocked with …

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Digital Highlights: A Fungous Nose

Arise Evans had a fungous nose, and said it was revealed to him that the King’s hand would cure him: and at the first coming of King Charles II. into St. James’s Park, he kissed the King’s hand and rubbed his …

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Digital Highlights: The Form of the Face

The physiognomical manual of John Caspar Lavater provides rules for judging by the phsyiognomy: is someone’s nose a little to the left? perhaps their eyebrows are not quite symmetrical? or their ears are set far back on their head? These are …

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