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Poisons 101: a 19th-century American guide

A fascinating guide to toxicology by New Hampshire physician Thomas Crosby, useful to doctors, families, and presumably also poisoners and coroners. The broadside is laid out as a table, with columns describing 47 substances poisonous when consumed internally, offering “remarks,” and describing “symptoms,” “treatment,” “appearances after death,” and “tests” for each. Poisons covered include the […]

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[ Theodore Geisel and Munro Leaf] / Army Orientation Course, Special Service Division, Army Service Forces, U.S. War Department [recto:] THIS IS Ann.. …she drinks blood! [verso:] NEWSMAP / MONDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 1943. Washington, D.C., 1943.

Second World War anti-malaria map by Theodore Geisel!

A clever and striking persuasive map produced by Theodore Geisel (Dr. Seuss) for the American military’s anti-malaria campaign during the Second World War. The Japanese conquest of Indonesia and the Philippines in early 1942 cut the Allies off from their sources of the malaria drug quinine. The results were nearly catastrophic, so much so that in […]

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Rare cholera map of the first and second Pandemics

A superb thematic map depicting the spread of cholera across Eurasia in the early 19th century. Separately published, extremely rare, and in its way horrifying. Perhaps better than any other contemporary map, this work by Carl Ferdinand Weiland (1782-1847) depicts the geographic progress of cholera across Eurasia and the Horn of Africa.  It employs color coding to […]

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[Broadside] Manasseh Cutler et al. / Printed by S. Hall, State-Street, Boston, IN forming the annexed catalogue of diseases, particular pains have been taken to render it intelligible. Boston, Nov. 10, 1785.

A remarkable 18th-century American demographic and mortality survey

A remarkable and extremely rare broadside developed in 1785 by the American Academy of Arts & Sciences for a remarkably ambitious demographic and mortality survey of Massachusetts towns. Background The American Academy of Arts and Sciences was (and is) an honorary society chartered in 1780 by the Massachusetts General Court with the broad mission, “to […]

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Pictorial map extolling American medical science

A lively, fascinating and extremely rare pictorial map celebrating medical history in North America, published by a mid-twentieth century pharmaceutical company. The underlying map shows most of the continental United States and extends from southern Canada to central Mexico. Also shown are Panama and Cuba. The geography, however, is decidedly secondary to the medical history, […]

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George-Christophe Würtz (1756-1823), Mappa Generalis Medicamentorum Simplicium secundum Affinitiates Virium Naturalium dispositorum. Strasburg: Bauer & Treuttel, 1778.

Mapping medications and their effects on the body

A rare and most unusual allegorical map, in which physician George-Christoph Würtz (1756-1823) arranged differing herbal simples according to their natural “affinity,” that is, based on the degree to which each consisted more or less of air, earth, fire (“phlogiston”), or water. The simples are arranged secondarily according to their effects on the human body, […]

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