A History of the Medical Book

two cherubs reading a medical book
Nov. 16, 2018

This conference brings together a range of perspectives on medical texts that emphasize their lives as books, bringing together the disciplines of the history of medicine and of book history. Speakers will explore a wide variety of medical genres in diverse chronological contexts, posing questions about change and continuity in the nature of the medical book.

 

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Locked in his Private Room: A Teenager's View of the Last Days of George Armstrong Custer
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