Display at Lister Hill Library at University Hospital
Commemorates Tinsley Harrison's 20th Edition
The 20th edition of Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine has just been published by McGraw-Hill and is currently available through UAB Libraries. In honor of the textbook’s founding editor, Tinsley R. Harrison, MD, the UAB Archives and the Lister Hill Library at University Hospital have mounted an informational display to highlight Dr. Harrison’s connection to the UAB medical school and his work as editor of the original Principles of Internal Medicine. Harrison served as editor-in-chief through the first five editions. The 6th edition of 1970 was the first to appear as Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine, having been officially renamed in honor of the book’s founding editor following his retirement.
Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine remains one of the “definitive clinical references” for any physician or physician-in-training and remains one of the best-selling internal medical texts in the world. In 2012 JAMA stated that the textbook was “arguably the most recognized book in all of medicine.”
The Harrison informational display is located in Room P235 in the West Pavilion of University Hospital. UAB faculty, staff, and students are welcome in the hospital library during business hours, normally 7:30 am until 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday (with slight variations depending on staff availability). To verify hours and for additional information on the hospital library, please contact the library staff at (205) 934-2275, or email Tracy Powell at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on Dr. Harrison, his archival papers, or the UAB Archives, please contact the archive staff at (205) 934-1896 or at email@example.com.
A printer’s page-proof of the 2nd edition of Principles of Internal Medicine with corrections by editor-in-chief, Tinsley R. Harrison, MD. Harrison completed his work on the 2nd edition while on the faculty of the UAB medical school. This page-proof is part of the Tinsley R. Harrison Papers (Manuscript Collection 3) which are housed in the UAB Libraries as part of the UAB Archives.
Witchcraft Display at Sterne Library
Now on display at Mervyn H. Sterne Library, Witchcraft, Women & the Healing Arts in the Early Modern Period brings together imagery and reprints from the Reynolds-Finley Historical Library, as well as books from Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences and Sterne Library. Various topics covered include accusations of witchcraft against midwives and other folk healers, supernatural themes of alchemy and astrology found in academic medicine of the time, as well as the possibility that ergot poisoning contributed to the mass hysteria surrounding the Salem witch trials. Contemporary conceptions of witchcraft, its practices and traditions, are also addressed.
Through the ages, the practices that came to be associated with witchcraft provided a connection to both the natural and the supernatural forces of the universe. However, beginning in the 13th century, witches became identified as those possessed by or in allegiance with the Devil or demons. Between the late 1400s and the mid-1700s, circulating guidebooks on how to properly identify witches, as well as growing social discord, often targeted individuals who practiced the healing arts during the well-known witch hunts and trials.
This scanned illustration of an eye disease believed by author Georg Bartisch to have been caused by witchcraft comes from his book, Ophthalmodouleia, published in 1583 by Matthes Stöckel, in the Reynolds-Finley Historical Library.
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