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This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items recently cataloged from the Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection. In the 1950s Chinese physicians in the People’s Republic of China began to wonder if acupuncture, which was typically used to treat pain, could actually be used to prevent pain during surgical procedures, which led to […]

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This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items recently cataloged from the Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection.   Manual medico-legal des poisons… is a curious French text that appears to be primarily about the legal aspects of poisoning.  It also includes instructions on how to treat snakebites, the bites of rabid animals, as […]

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This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items recently cataloged from the Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection. A History of Pharmacy in Pictures, a depiction of the history of the pharmaceutical profession through oil paintings, was first conceived by pharmacist and journalist George A. Bender before the Second World War. He was inspired […]

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This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items recently cataloged from the Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection. L’homme considéré dans l’état d’aliénation mentale : ouvrage divisée en trois livres … is a 19th-century French volume about the state of insanity, which starts off with a frontispiece of the beautiful Eleonore.  As the text accompanying her visage […]

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This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection. Heister’s mouth-wedge was a popular tool used in dentistry in the late 19th and early 20th-century.  The purpose of the tool was to keep the mouth wedged open in case a mouth-prop slipped, though one had to […]

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This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection. Ever wondered where to buy first aid supplies, medical equipment, or prescriptions if you lived in 19th-century Europe?  Look no further than Guide Medical, translated as a Medical Guide to aid recovery in case of accidents or illness […]

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This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection.   The Maniac pictured here is a reprint of the original 1909 edition which claims to be an account of madness from a patient’s point of view.  Mahlon Blaine is the actual illustrator of The Maniac […]

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This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection. We are lucky to have found three first editions of Traité du chanvre in different bindings as we continue to unpack and catalog items from Santo Domingo boxes.  From left to right the images reflect the covers of these […]

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This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection. Before botox, plastic surgery, and aestheticians,  L’horreur!, women were forced to combat aging and maintain beauty the old fashioned way- with tips and remedies from publications such as Comment se guérir?  This French publication by the mysterious Dr. Druah […]

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This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection.     Johann Conrad Brunner was a Swiss anatomist that is best known for his work with the pancreas and duodenum.  This fold out plate displays both anatomical and skeletal conjoined twin fetuses, which is part of Brunner’s medical […]

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This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection.  As you look at the cover of this pamphlet you might wonder what divine content might hide within its covers, well that would be… The Pink Pills!  The Pink Pills for Pale People were introduced in […]

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This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection. Alexandre Lacassagne was a French physician and criminologist in the 19th-century.  He founded the Lacassagne School of Criminology which was based in Lyon, France and focused on medical jurisprudence and criminal anthropology.  He quite famously gave […]

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This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Santo Domingo collection. Trephination is a surgical intervention in which a hole is drilled or scraped into the human skull, exposing the membrane that surrounds the skull in order to treat health problems related to intracranial diseases.  Often referred to as a […]

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This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Santo Domingo collection.   The use of electricity in medical treatment is hardly a new concept, Guillaume Duchenne was a French neurologist and developer of electrotherapy.  Duchenne announced in 1855 that alternating current was more effective than a direct current for […]

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This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Santo Domingo collection. For the Scientific Treatment and Cure of the Alcohol, Morphine, Opium, Chloral, and Cocaine Habits! Designed especially for the treatment of drug and alcohol abuse this pamphlet advertises the virtues of Dr. Rose’s Sanitarium.  Located in bucolic Connecticut […]

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This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Santo Domingo collection. Médecine et pharmacopée en Chine is comprised of three volumes that are each bound with colored cord inside an illustrated paper cover.  Published in early 20th-century France the volumes appear to explore medicine and pharmacology in China.  Each […]

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This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Santo Domingo collection. Description of the Retreat, an institution near York, for insane persons of the Society of Friends is a volume by Samuel Tuke who was a Quaker and mental-health reformer in early 19th-century England.  Tuke believed in this new […]

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This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Santo Domingo collection. Les borgnes de la guerre : prothèse chirurgicale & plastique (Valois et Rouveix) is a valuable contribution to military ophthalmology particularly regarding the physical reconstruction of visual organs that were damaged in wars.  Written by Gaston Valois, who […]

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This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Santo Domingo collection. Searching for information about flowers, medicine, and the secret to great skin?  Look no further than this beautifully illustrated French volume Les fleurs et secretz de medecine. Until the late 19th-century the practice of bloodletting was regularly used […]

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This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Santo Domingo collection. Joel Dorman Steele, Ph.D. was the author of a series of textbooks in late 19th-century America including Hygienic physiology : with special reference to the use of alcoholic drinks and narcotics.  It was meant to be used not […]

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