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Historical Book of the Week: An Essay on Hysteria: Being an Analysis of Its Irregular and Aggravated Forms (1840)

The copy of Laycock’s publication available at IUPUI’s Ruth Lilly Medical Library. For an 1840 print, this book is remarkably well preserved throughout.[i]   A Forgotten Pioneer By Blake T. Miller   From 1839-1840, a doctor named Thomas Laycock produced a series of essays that explored the long-debated ailment of Hysteria (in all its ambiguity). […]

Jason Lilly  |  Apr 23, 2019

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Historical Book of the Week: A Treatise on the Diseases of the Chest and on Mediate Auscultation (1834)

Figures 1-4 from the Ruth Lilly Medical Library copy of A Treatise on the Diseases of the Chest, showing the anatomy of the early stethoscope,

Jason Lilly  |  Apr 08, 2019

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Historical Book of the Week: The Science and Art of Obstetrics (1886)

Image from George Spratt’s Obstetric Tables, 1833.[i] A Medical Book Beyond its Time By BreShae Stewart One of the greatest contributions to the study of

Jason Lilly  |  Mar 29, 2019

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Historical Book of the Week: Disease and Destiny (1936)

Copper engraving of a plague doctor in seventeenth-century Rome (1656).[i] The Black Death through Modern Eyes By Michaela Runkle   Ralph H. Major, M.D. applies

Jason Lilly  |  Mar 22, 2019

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Historical Book of the Week: Chapters in the History of the Insane in the British Isle (1882)

Hadfield’s attempted assassination of King George III.[i] Detaining the Insane in 19th-Century Britain By Natashia Hayes Daniel Tuke’s Chapters in the History of the Insane

Jason Lilly  |  Mar 18, 2019

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Historical Book of the Week: Effects of Alcoholic Drinks, Tobacco, Sedatives (1949)

Americans celebrating the passing of the twenty-first amendment in 1933.[i] Alcoholism: From Past to Present By Mallery True   Around the time America was founded,

Jason Lilly  |  Mar 08, 2019

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Historical Book of the Week: Shellshock and Its Lessons (1917)

Copy of Shellshock and Its Lessons, 1917, located in the Leo J. McCarthy, MD, History of Medicine Room and Collection at the Ruth Lilly Medical

Jason Lilly  |  Mar 01, 2019

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Historical Book of the Week: Blood-Pressure Its Clinical Applications (1927)

Traditional physicians were hesitant to take up new instruments like the sphygmomanometer (pictured) because they felt they were losing their skills and expertise.[i] The Importance

Jason Lilly  |  Feb 22, 2019

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Historical Book of the Week: The Physician Himself, and What He Should Add to His Scientific Acquirements (1882)

The cover of Daniel Webster Cathell’s book, The Physician Himself, and What He Should Add to His Scientific Acquirements. A second-edition copy, published in 1882,

Jason Lilly  |  Feb 15, 2019

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Historical Book of the Week: The Collected Syllabi of Dr. Thomas Dent Mütter (1850)

Wood engraving depicting the Jefferson Medical College of Philadelphia.[i] The Collected Syllabi of Dr. Thomas Dent Mütter By Kylie Sparks Formally titled Syllabus of the

Jason Lilly  |  Feb 15, 2019