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  • Antikamnia Calendar
    The Antikamnia (Opposed to Pain) Chemical Company of St. Louis, Missouri produced several calendars illustrated with Skeleton Sketches -- bizarre series based on the skull-obsessed watercolors of local physician artist Louis Crucius. The calendar for 1900 matches 2007's day-for-day. Recently-acquired copies of the English- and French-language versions were scanned and are available here as PDFs and JPEGs. 1900 = 2007
  • Bloodletting
    For many centuries, blood-letting was considered a tried and true remedy for certain conditions. It was recommended for fevers, inflammations, a variety of disease conditions and [ironically] for hemorrhage.
  • John J. Bonica, 1917-1994 - Virtual Archives
    Dr. John J. Bonica was a pioneer in the field of pain research. He initiated an interdisciplinary approach to pain management as early as 1950 and was primarily responsible for the foundation of the International Association for the Study of Pain and authorship of the premier textbook on the subject, The Management of Pain. He was both a clinical and a teaching anesthesiologist in the U. S. Army, at Tacoma General Hospital in Washington state, and at the University of Washington in Seattle, where he founded the world's first multidisciplinary pain control clinic. In addition, Dr. Bonica was a sought-after speaker, visiting professor, and author (not to mention former light heavyweight wrestling champion of the world).
  • The Index of Medieval Medical Images (IMMI)
    The Index of Medieval Medical Images project began in 1988 and aimed to describe and index the content of all medieval manuscript images (up to the year 1500) with medical components held in North American collections. The goal of this 2001 pilot project was to make the descriptions and the images available via a searchable database on the Web.
  • IASP Online Archives
    Featuring excerpts from Pain: A Universal Problem and an International Field, an exhibition for the 9th World Congress on Pain (Vienna, 1999) to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP)
  • The Relief of Pain & Suffering
    The exhibit was prepared in conjunction with the Symposium: Pain and Suffering in History–Narrative Science, Medicine and Culture, which took place 13-14 March 1998. The exhibits focuses on history of the alleviation of pain and the history of pain research and modern pain treatment. The symposium and the exhibit mark the official dedication of the John C. Liebeskind History of Pain Collection at the Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library, UCLA.
  • Smallpox: A Brief History of Inoculation, Vaccination, and Eradication
    In honor of the 200th anniversary of the discovery of vaccination against smallpox by William Jenner, and the 20th anniversary of the eradication of the disease.
  • Spices - Exotic Flavors and Medicines
    Spices - Exotic Flavors and Medicines is an online exhibit exploring the history of spices from their earliest uses to current research. Through text and image, the topic is explored indepth. Irwin Ziment, Profesor Emeritus of Clinical Medicine, UCLA, researched and wrote the narrative in conjunction with the History & Special Collections Division.

Medieval Manuscripts