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Thingamajig: baleen and Hyfrecator

By Alethea Drexler Archives Assistant Thingamajig took a vacation last week, but it’s back. The mystery objects in the black lacquered case were called “bougies,” and they were basically medical pipe-cleaners.  They were used to remove debris from small wounds and orifices; the one of the most commonly-cited uses involved dislodging urethral calculi. They are… Continue Reading Thingamajig: baleen and Hyfrecator […]

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Dissertations and Theses

The culmination of an advanced degree is usually a document describing and proving an original contribution to scholarship. Today’s scholars typically put their Dissertations or Theses online, such as the ones available at DigitalCommons@ The Texas Medical Center No electronic publishing for the 17th century student! Students at Basel Switzerland were among some of the… Continue Reading Dissertations and Theses […]

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Dr. Desmond's papers now available

The papers of Murdina MacFarquhar Desmond, M.D., FAAP are now available at the Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center (HAM-TMC) Library’s Historical Research Center (HRC) at 8272 El Rio, Suite 190, Houston.  A guide to the 3.5 linear feet of material is online at:   http://mcgovern.library.tmc.edu/data/www/html/collect/manuscript/Desmond/MS054.html . Dr. Desmond (1916-2003) was a member of a 1950s… Continue Reading Dr. Desmond's papers now available […]

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