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The world’s medical heritage goes digital

The world’s medical heritage goes digital

The world’s leading medical libraries make historic texts available online.

It’s 1909 and your child has diarrhea. The cure, according to that year’s edition of the Guide to the Clinical Examination and Treatment of Sick Children, is opium.“Opium is a valuable remedy in childhood,” author John Thomson, M.D., writes. “It is chiefly of use in relieving pain and quieting the actions of the bowels.”Until recently, this window into early 20th-century pediatric medicine sat on a shelf deep in the stacks of the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library. Now the book is just a mouse click away through the online Medical Heritage Library, one of nearly 6,000 Cushing/Whitney rare books uploaded onto the site as of June 2012.The Medical Heritage Library is part of an effort by Open Knowledge Commons, a...

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