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This summer I have, again, found a fantastic job for an aspiring historian.  While last summer I was a research assistant working on a digital local history project (woosterhistory.org), this year I’m interning at the Dittrick Museum of Medical History in Cleveland.  It’s been a really fun job so far, and one of the perks is that I get to be around beautiful rare books and antique medical supplies.  I can’t really take much credit for the beauty of these images–my iphone pictures I took in the basement can’t really do much justice to these artifacts.  Still, I thought I’d share some of my favorite finds! (You can keep up with my findings on my Instagram and after I leave, keep up with the museum’s Instagram)

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Martin Frobenius Ledermüller’s Mikroskopische Gemüths- und Augen-Ergötzung, 1763.

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C. G. Calwer’s Käferbuch, 1876.

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Various medications from Japan.

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Helleborous Niger, “employed as a stimulant to the menstrual flow when the patient complains of flashes of heat, burning of the surface, especially of nates and thighs, and sensitiveness of the perineal and pelvic structures; also in the treatment of hypochondria and hysteria.” Don’t mind the poison label underneath.

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Happe’s Botanica Pharmaceutica, 1785.

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Robert Hooke’s Micrographia, 1665.

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Robert Hooke’s Micrographia, 1665. (Ice crystals)

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Vincent Tagereau’s L’Impuissance de l’homme et de la femme, 1887 edition.

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Leeuwenhoek’s letters to the Royal Society of London, published 1684-88. These are the cork slices he looked at under his homemade microscope, discovering and coining the word “cells”.

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Distilled water. Prime candidate for snake-oil medicine status.

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Sylvanus Hanley’s British and Foreign Shells, 1856.

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Hartmann Schedel’s Nuremberg Chronicle, 1493. I got chills looking at this history of the world from the perspective of Europeans who didn’t even know the continent I’m standing on existed.

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Happe’s Botanica Pharmaceutica, 1785.

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De Alchimia Opuscula, 1550.

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Happe’s Botanica Pharmaceutica, 1785.

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William Withering’s An Account of the Foxglove, 1785.

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Edwin D Babbitt’s The Principles of Light and Color, 1878.

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