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Aug 14

Digital Highlights: Tea with Mrs. Quantock

Any fan of E.F. Benson’s Lucia series will remember Daisy Quantock, Lucia’s next-door neighbor in the village of Riseholme. Benson describes Daisy as being a middle-aged woman in perfect health and therefore devoted to whatever diet or exercise fad comes her way. In the opening chapters of Queen Lucia, the first novel in the series, Daisy is a …

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Jul 31

Digital Highlights: “The Magic Monitor”

This is a small book; but it contains as much reading as a large and heavy volume of five hundred pages, printed in large type. I mention this fact so that you will not mis-estimate the amount of labor I have performed to get it up. No one but myself can ever understand, or form …

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Jul 24

Digital Highlights: Who Wants to be a Mesmerist?

Who doesn’t want to finish up the summer with a new skill? Why not try mesmerism! Thomas Welton is here to help with his 1884 Mental Magic: “The public again, after a lapse of 20 years, being much interested in the above subject, and having no clear explanation given to them on it or how to produce …

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Jul 17

Digital Highlights: Overworking Your Brain

“Brain-work” may not be something we’re thinking about in the middle of the summer but the dangers of overwork are always with us — at least, so thinks Horatio C. Wood. In 1880, he published Brain-work and overwork to publicize his view of the causes and cures of mental over-exertion which include gluttony and artificial stimulants …

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Jul 10

Digital Highlights: “Every Man Can Be His Own Doctor”

Who doesn’t enjoy a good self-help read from time to time? This one comes stocked with suggestions for home medical treatment, rules for healthy living, and suggestions on how to take out stains (among other recipes)! Flip through the pages below or follow this link to read The American household adviser : an ever ready guide …

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Jul 03

Digital Highlights: Anyone for Tea?

Around this time of year, most of us enjoy some good iced tea from time to time: perhaps green or black, maybe with lemon, maybe with mint, or maybe some southern “sweet tea” (which I’ve never gotten to taste!) A. Ibbotson’s 1910s (possibly 1912? but there’s no date given) volume on Tea, from grower to …

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Jun 26

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 amusing anecdotes relative to the history and oeconomy of hospital’s [sic] (1800) claims to be …

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Jun 19

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 members of the association in closer touch with one another…” Eight members were appointed to …

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Jun 05

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, the Hospital was still on its original site in in Bloomsbury. The Hospital has since …

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May 15

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 fascinating topics in and of themselves, but so is the development of “legal medicine” — …

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