History of Medicine

The Knife That Saves

Memoirs of a Lahey Clinic Surgeon

Herbert Dan Adams

May 13, 2012

A 1929 graduate of the Harvard Medical School and by 1932 Chief Surgical Resident at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Herbert Dan Adams relates with colorful language and lively description the story of the Lahey Clinic as he saw and lived it from 1929, when he encountered Dr. Lahey, until 1969, when he retired as the […]

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Clinical Consultations and Letters by Ippolito Francesco Albertini, Francesco Torti, and Other Physicians

University of Bologna MS 2089-1. Translated, annotated, and with an introductory analysis by Saul Jarcho

Albertini et al.,

April 1, 2012
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The Flower of Remedies Against the Toothache, 1621

Facsimile Edition Translated from the French by Jaques R. Fouré

Edited by Milton B. Asbell

May 13, 2012
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Dentistry

A Historical Perspective

Milton B. Asbell

July 9, 2012
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The Persisting Osler IV

Selected Transactions of the American Osler Society, 2001—2010

edited by Jeremiah A. Barondess and Charles S. Bryan

May 13, 2012
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The Colonial Physician & Other Essays

Bell, Whitfield J. Jr.

July 9, 2012
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The College of Physicians of Philadelpia

A Bicentennial History

Bell, Whitfield J. Jr.,

July 9, 2012
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The Accademia del Cimento and its European Context

Marco Beretta, Antonio Clericuzio, and Lawrence M. Principe, editors

May 13, 2012

The Accademia del Cimento, organized in Florence under Medici patronage, devoted itself for ten years (1657-1667) to the experimental investigation of a broad range of scientific matters, and provided a model and inspiration for many subsequent scientific societies. Despite its crucial position in the history of science, the Cimento’s work and diverse membership has remained […]

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Educating for Health & Prevention

A History of the Department of Community and Preventive Medicine of the (Woman's) Medical College of Pennsylvania

Blustein, Bonnie Ellen

July 9, 2012
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The History of Tropical Neurology

Nutritional Disorders

George W. Bruyn and Charles M. Poser

May 13, 2012

“…All but one of the six conditions to be discussed in this book were once common in what has now come to be designated as developed countries, the Western world. They are diseases that reflect the ravages of poverty, ignorance, famine, superstition and bigotry, but the resolution of their mystery and the development of preventive […]

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Preventive Medicine in the United States, 1900-1990

Trends and Interpretations

Bullough, Bonnie; Rosen, George

July 9, 2012
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Sex, Society & History

Vern L. Bullough

May 13, 2012

Sex in History: A Virgin Field; Attitudes toward Deviant Sex in Ancient Mesopotamia; Homosexuality as Submissive Behavior: Examples from Mythology; Medieval Medical and Scientific View of Woman; Transvestites in the Middle Ages; Heresy, Witchcraft, and Sexuality; An Early American Sex Manual; Problems and Methods for Research in Prostitution; Homosexuality and Its Confusion with “Secret Sin” […]

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The Mechanical Factors of Digestion (1911)

Introduction by Horace W. Davenport

Cannon, Walter B.

July 9, 2012
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Dr. Benjamin Waterhouse

A Life in Medicine and Public Service (1754—1846)

Philip Cash

July 9, 2012

Born in Rhode Island in 1754, hailed in Great Britain and much of the United States, yet scorned by the medical and Brahmin establishments in Boston, Benjamin Waterhouse is one of the most important, controversial, and colorful figures in American medical history. Best known for introducing vaccination to the United States and joining with Thomas […]

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Order Out Of Chaos

John Shaw Billings and America's Coming of Age

Carleton B. Chapman

May 13, 2012

Tells the quintessentially American story of Billings and his achievements in gripping fashion, with glimpses of his defects as well as his virtues.

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Wanderjahr

The Education of a Surgeon

Edward D. Churchill
Edited and annotated by J. Gordon Scannell
Foreword by Saul Benison

May 13, 2012

This personal account of Edward D. Churchill’s Moseley Travelling Fellowship for the academic year 1926-1927, taken from interviews recorded by Saul Benison, provides a unique view of the state of thoracic surgery in the institutions he visited and the conditions in Germany between the two World Wars. These included Blair Bell in Liverpool; Berlin and […]

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Chemistry and Medical Debate

van Helmont to Boerhaave

Allen G. Debus

July 9, 2012
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Medical Topography of Upper Canada

Introduction by Charles G. Roland

Douglas, John

July 9, 2012
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Champion of Women and the Unborn

A Biography of Horatio Robinson Storer, M.D

Frederick N. Dyer

May 12, 2012

See also The Physicians’ Crusade Against Abortion

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The Physicians’ Crusade Against Abortion

Frederick N. Dyer

May 13, 2012

Read Chapter 22 See also Champion of Women and the Unborn

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Naval Surgeon

Life and Death at Sea in the Age of Sail

J. Worth Estes

May 13, 2012
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A Melancholy Scene of Devastation

The Public Response to the 1793 Philadelphia Yellow Fever Epidemic

J. Worth Estes & Billy G. Smith, eds.

May 13, 2012

In modern America, where the triumph over disease is often taken for granted and yellow fever has ceased to be a menace, it is difficult to appreciate the fear once engendered by this disease. The 1793 Philadelphia yellow fever epidemic was no mere round of sickness but a major public health emergency that paralyzed city […]

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The Medical Skills of Ancient Egypt

Revised Edition

J. Worth Estes

May 13, 2012
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Dictionary of Protopharmacology

Therapeutic Practices, 1700 - 1850

J. Worth Estes

May 13, 2012
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The Changing Humors of Portsmouth

The Medical Biography of an American Town, 1623-1983

J. Worth Estes

May 13, 2012
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Hall Jackson and the Purple Foxglove

Medical Practice and Research in Revolutionary America, 1760 - 1820

J. Worth Estes

May 13, 2012
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A Little Treatise on the Teeth

Being a translation and facsimile edition of the first authoritative book on dentistry, Libellus de Dentibus (1563), edited and introduced by David A. Chernin and Gerald Shklar, with a translation from the Latin by Joan H. Thomas

Bartholomaeus Eustachius

May 13, 2012

“Bartolomeo Eustachio (1520-1574) was one of the great anatomists of all time. In many ways his anatomical studies were more detailed and comprehensive than those of his more famous contemporary Andreas Vesalius (1514-1564), but his major studies remained unknown until their eventual publication in Amsterdam in the beautiful edition of 1714…Eustachio’s contributions to the development […]

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Psychoanalysis, Psychotherapy, and the New England Medical Scene, 1894-1944

George E. Gifford, Jr., editor

May 13, 2012

Unique as the only occasion on which social historians, intellectual historians, historians of psychology and psychiatry, and a number of those who participated in making that history met to focus upon the development of American psychiatry in a particular region during a specific era, the experiences recounted in this volume portray a microcosm of American […]

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Yankee Surgeon

The Life and Times of Usher Parsons, 1788-1868

Seebert J. Goldowsky

May 13, 2012

Best known as the surgeon in Oliver Hazard Perry’s squadron during the War of 1812 and as a participant in the Battle of Lake Erie, Parsons remained in the Navy for nearly ten years. After obtaining a degree from the Harvard Medical School in 1818, he separated from the service and settled in Providence, Rhode […]

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JAKE: Leon O. Jacobson, M.D

The Life and Work of a Distinguished Medical Scientist

Eugene Goldwasser

July 9, 2012

The remarkable story of a man born on a small ranch in an obscure part of the northern Great Plains who became a major figure in medical science, education, and administration, and to whom patients suffering from leukemia and related diseases, patients with successful bone marrow transplants, and people with chronic kidney disease owe a […]

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The Nobel Prizes

Les Prix Nobel
2012

Karl Grandin, editor

May 2, 2014

The Nobel Prizes is the official yearbook of the Nobel Foundation. This edition provides extensive information about the 2012 Laureates: their Nobel and Prize Lectures and their autobiographies, as well as presentation speeches and background about the Nobel festivities. *Also for sale at the Nobel Museum, Stockholm, Sweden.

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Elements of Medical Statistics (1829)

With an introduction by James H. Cassedy

Hawkins, F. Bisset

July 9, 2012
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The Journal of William Tully

Medical Student at Dartmouth, 1808-1809

Hayward, Oliver S.;Thomson, Elizabeth H., eds.

July 9, 2012
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An Essay on Fevers (1757)

Introduction by Saul Jarcho

Huxham, John

July 9, 2012
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The Shaping of a Profession

Physicians in Norway, Past and Present

Øivind Larsen, ed

May 13, 2012

Norwegian medicine viewed from the inside– Because it possess detailed records on the life and career of virtually every one of its physicians from the earliest times until the present day, Norway is able to make a special contribution to the history of professional development. Based on this biographical information and an extensive amount of […]

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Surgery at New England Deaconess Hospital

Its Roots in the Harvard Surgical Service at the Boston City Hospital

William V. McDermott

May 13, 2012
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Pioneering Hematology

The research and treatment of malignant blood disorders - Reflections on a life's work

William C. Moloney & Sharon Johnson

May 13, 2012

William C. Moloney began practicing hematology long before it became a recognized medical specialty. Developing an interest in the disorders of the blood soon after graduating from Tufts Medical School in 1932, he spent the next six decades contributing to many of the advances that helped elevate the treatment and research of the diseases of […]

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Andreas Libavius and the Transformation of Alchemy

Separating Chemical Cultures with Polemical Fire

Bruce T. Moran

May 13, 2012
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The Clinical Consultations of Giambattista Morgagni

The Edition of Enrico Benassi (1935) Translated and revised and with a new preface and supplements by Saul Jarcho

Morgagni, Giambattista

July 9, 2012
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Johannes Müller and the Nineteenth-Century Origins of Tumor Cell Theory

Edited and translated by L. J. Rather, Patricia Rather, John B. Frerichs

Müller, Johannes

July 9, 2012
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Surgery of the Soul

Reflections on a Curious Career

Joseph E. Murray, M.D.

July 9, 2012

This remarkable book is the autobiography of one of the 20th century’s most honored surgeons, Joseph E. Murray, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1990. In it, Dr. Murray describes his role in breakthrough research in human organ transplantation and his pioneering advances in surgical techniques to correct deformities of the […]

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Isis Cumulative Bibliography

1986-1995

John Neu, editor

May 13, 2012

The third supplement to the Isis Cumulative Bibliography, 1913-1965, edited by Magda Whitrow cumulates the annual bibliographies published in the History of Science Society’s journal Isis in the years 1986 through 1995. The increase in the literature during the last decade necessitates publication in four volumes: Volume One (496pp.), Persons : A–L; Volume Two (480pp.), […]

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Hormones of Life

Endocrinology, the Pharmaceutical Industry, and the Dream of a Remedy for Sterility, 1930–1970

Christer Nordlund

May 13, 2012
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Coriell

The Coriell Institute of Medical Research and a Half Century of Science

John O’Donnell

May 13, 2012
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Making the Modern Medical School

The Wisconsin Stories

Robert Oliver

May 13, 2012
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Medicine amd Literature

Peschel, Enid Rhodes, ed.

July 9, 2012
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Questions on Life. Diary of an Old Physician

Introduction by Galina Zarechnak

Pirogov, N. I.

July 9, 2012
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Oliver Wendell Holmes

Physician and Man of Letters

Scott H. Podolsky and Charles S. Bryan, Editors

May 13, 2012

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809–1894) spent parts of the nineteenth century as America’s best-known physician and best-selling author. Sir William Osler praised him as “the most successful combination which the world has ever seen, of the physician and man of letters.” Henry James, Sr., called him “intellectually the most alive man I ever knew.” Today, he […]

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Oliver Wendell Holmes (PB)

Physician and Man of Letters

Scott H. Podolsky and Charles S. Bryan, Editors

May 13, 2012

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809–1894) spent parts of the nineteenth century as America’s best-known physician and best-selling author. Sir William Osler praised him as “the most successful combination which the world has ever seen, of the physician and man of letters.” Henry James, Sr., called him “intellectually the most alive man I ever knew.” Today, he […]

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Chymists and Chymistry

Studies in the History of Alchemy and Early Modern Chemistry

Lawrence M. Principe, Editor

May 13, 2012

Chymistry (that is, alchemy and early chemistry) is currently receiving an unprecedented amount of scholarly attention. Long-held misunderstandings are being replaced by a wealth of fresh perspectives and discoveries, as scholars progressively reveal alchemy’s crucial place in early modern culture and its contributions to early modern science. This volume brings together the most recent work […]

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My Dearest Julia

The Love Letters of Dr. Benjamin Rush to Julia Stockton

Benjamin Rush

May 13, 2012

Edited and with notes by Whitfield J. Bell, Jr. and L. H. Butterfield. Published in association with the Rosenback Foundation, Philadelphia.

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Memoirs on Paris Hospitals

1788

Jacques Tenon

May 13, 2012
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The Effects of Arts, Trades, and Professions on Health and Longevity (2ed., 1832)

Preface by Saul Benison

Thackrah, Charles Turner

July 9, 2012
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A Perfectly Striking Departure

Surgeons and Surgery at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital
1912–1980

Nicholkas L. Tilney, M.D.

July 14, 2014
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Collected Essays in Public Health and Epidemiology

Edited and with a foreword by L. J. Rather

Virchow, Rudolf

July 9, 2012
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Letters to His Parents, 1839-1864 (1907)

Introduction by L. J. Rather

Virchow, Rudolf

July 9, 2012
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Thrombosis and Emboli (1846-1856)

Rudolf L. K. Virchow
Translated by Axel C. Matzdorff and William R. Bell
Foreword by Gert Brieger

May 13, 2012

An increasing amount of Virchow’s work has been translated into English in the last decade, and the present work on pulmonary embolism is yet another welcome example. For those readers who cannot really appreciate the breadth of his vision or the depth of his learning so evident in his voluminous writings in German, they will […]

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Growing Pathogens in Tissue Cultures

Fifty Years in Academic Tropical Medicine, Pediatric, and Virology

Thomas H. Weller

July 9, 2012

This is the autobiography of Thomas H. Weller, M.D., a research scientist who helped develop the technique of growing viruses in tissue culture, and who became a world leader in the study of tropical diseases. The development of tissue-culture techniques transformed the field of virology. It led to the identification of many new infectious agents—several […]

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Stanely Cobb

A Builder of the Modern Neurosciences

Benjamin V. White

May 13, 2012

Much more than the personal story of an important neuroanatomist, neurohistologist, neuropathologist, neurologist, psychiatrist and teacher at the Harvard Medical School, this biography is in reality a history of academic neurology and hospital psychiatry in Boston in the present century and to some extent in America as well.

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A Treatise on the Management of Pregnant and Lying-In Women

Introduction by Lawrence D. Longo

White, Charles

July 9, 2012
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Robert C. Hinckley and the Recreation of The First Operation Under Ether

Richard J. Wolfe

May 15, 2012

Published by the Boston Medical Library/ Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine; WPI sole commercial distributor.

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I Awaken to Glory

Richard J. Wolfe & Leonard F. Menczer, eds

May 13, 2012

Horace Wells has come to be viewed over the years as an enigmatic figure. Owing to his death by suicide in early 1848, and his inability to participate in the debate that soon erupted over credit for the discovery of anesthesia, the literature on him is confused, fragmentary and incomplete. While he is considered by […]

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The Science of Cancerous Diseases from the Earliest Times to the Present

Introduction by Saul Jarcho

Wolff, Jacob

July 9, 2012
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