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Rare Book Catalogue in Preparation

Date posted: November 9th, 2017

We are in the process of composing a catalogue that will present a selection of works from our rare book collection to showcase a significant sampling of the holdings in the Allen Memorial Medical Library. …Read more.

Mystery Donor of the Pol Collection

Date posted: November 2nd, 2017

Who was the Mystery Donor of the Pol collection of medical incunabula? The Nicolaus Pol Collection of early medical books constitutes one of the true gems of the Rare Book Collection of the Cleveland Medical Library Association. …Read more.

Juno, the Transparent Woman, and #WomensHistoryMonth

Date posted: March 20th, 2017

Today we want to talk about Juno in celebration of #WomensHistoryMonth!
We have written before about our wonderful “greeter,” Juno, the transparent anatomical model. She has become a mainstay here, but Juno is a well-traveled woman! …Read more.

Under the Lid with #BrainAwarenessWeek

Date posted: March 15th, 2017

For #BrainAwarenessWeek, we go to Georg Bartisch, 16th century surgeon and inventor, and his  Ophthamoduleia (”eye-service”), published in 1583. But in looking so closely at disorders of the eye, Bartisch necessarily became incredibly interested in the brain. …Read more.

The Dittrick Museum and #ColorOurCollections!

Date posted: February 6th, 2017

Once again the New York Academy of Medicine has brought us the #ColorOurCollections! From February 6th though 10th, libraries, special collections, archives, and other cultural institutions are sharing coloring content based on collection items. …Read more.

A Change of Heart: Cardiology in Cleveland

Date posted: January 31st, 2017

America’s Number One Killer?
Heart attack, or cardiac arrest, became a leading cause of death after the turn of the century. People had always suffered from cardiac problems, but they usually died from other causes, especially infectious diseases, long before reaching the age when heart problems threatened their well being. …Read more.

Seeing Small: How the Microscope Changed Everything

Date posted: January 11th, 2017

When Dutch spectacle-makers first crafted the microscope around 1600, they revealed a hidden world of tiny organisms! Who could imagine such monsters lived out of sight? But the early microscope only offered low magnification and blurry images; it would take improvements by Robert Hook to turn a novelty enjoyed for its curious revelations into a serious scientific tool. …Read more.

How did Garfield Die? [Part 5]

Date posted: September 17th, 2016

Friday: (Harper’s Magazine, Volume 25, 673)
On September 26, 1881, President Garfield’s body arrived in Cleveland, Ohio, (not far from his home in Mentor). The engraving above shows Garfield’s catafalque, solemnly escorted by honor guards and mourning citizens. …Read more.

How Did President Garfield Die? [Part 4]

Date posted: September 15th, 2016

Continuing our series on Garfield’s death – join us for the talk Thursday.

Thursday: (Harper’s Weekly)
On September 19, 1881, President Garfield died in a New Jersey seashore cottage. …Read more.

How Did President Garfield Die? [part 3]

Date posted: September 14th, 2016

Continuing our series on Garfield’s death–join us for the talk Thursday, and read more at the Plain Dealer, cleveland.com!
Wednesday: (Harper’s Magazine, Volume 25, 628)
On September 17, 1881, Harper’s Weekly published these scenes with the following titles: “Removing the President from the White House” and “Removing the president from the Express Wagon to the Railway car.” He had already been bedridden some time and through the hottest months. …Read more.

How Did Garfield Die? (part 2)

Date posted: September 13th, 2016

Continuing our series from Monday–come hear more at Thursday’s EVENT!
Tuesday: (Picture source: Kouwenhoven, John Atlee. Adventures of America, 1857-1900: A Pictorial Record from Harper’s Weekly. …Read more.

How Did President Garfield Die??

Date posted: September 12th, 2016

Have you ever wondered? President Garfield felled–but not by a bullet!

On July 2, 1881, President James Garfield was shot by a disgruntle federal job seeker, Charles Guiteau. …Read more.

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