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Hidden Treasure

Hidden Treasure

Despite more than a century and a half of classification and cataloguing, buried in the sheer mass of this collection are wondrous items largely unseen by the public and obscure even to librarians, curators, and historians. The individual objects—rare, extravagant, idiosyncratic, and sometimes surprising—brought to light in this book glow with beauty, grotesquery, wit and/or calamitous tragedy.

Dean Winternitz: Yale Medical School's Passionate Humanist

Dean Winternitz: Yale Medical School's Passionate Humanist

Dr. Milton Winternitz, Dean of Yale Medical School from 1920 -1935, was confident of his own wisdom and right-thinking. His real love, his enthusiasm, lay in humanizing the medical curriculum. But Winternitz was a Jew in a Christian society. In order to fulfill his ambitions and remain at his post, he yielded to the prejudices of the time in limiting the admission of Jews, Italian Catholics, and Afro- Americans to the medical school. For that he has been vilified, and only in this 1910 200th Anniversary celebration, are his contributions finally getting the recognition they have long deserved.

Launching Globa Health

Launching Global Health: The Caribbean Odyssey of the Rockefeller Foundation

Launching Global Health is the first book to explore the inaugural Rockefeller Foundation campaigns in depth and to treat them as an ensemble-as a laboratory for discovering and testing the elements of a global health system for the twentieth century.

Featured Reading: Keeper

Keeper: Living with Nancy - a journey into Alzheimer's

Andrea Gillies made the decision to take on the full-time care of her mother-in-law, Nancy, an Alzheimer's sufferer. With her family, she moved to a remote peninsula in northern Scotland to a house with space to accommodate Nancy and her elderly husband, and there embarked on an extraordinary journey.

Featured Reading: The Collectors of Lost Souls

The Collectors of Lost Souls

This riveting account of medical detective work traces the story of kuru, a fatal brain disease, and the pioneering scientists who spent decades searching for its cause and cure.

Featured Reading: Dissection


Soon after Louis M. Daguerre created the first photographs in the early 19th century, students began using the new technology to commemorate their entrance into medicine. Dissection is a collection of period photographs of American medical students "coming of age."

Featured Reading: Science and the MEdia SMALL

Science and the Media

In this day and age, prolific publishing increasingly determines a researcher’s ‘success’ and career. Yet, is such an enumerative ruler too literal, or applied too simply as a criteria for defining what constitutes good research?