I'm not going to the RBMS Preconference this year (due to insufficient funds, not insufficient interest), but I am taking a June break all the same. There will be no posts all next week. Luckily, the library has recently received a passel of books that will help you get your historical "fix", from 18th-century correspondence to military medicine to biography and memoir:
Hunter, William, 1718-1783.
The correspondence of Dr. William Hunter, 1740-1783 / edited by C. Helen Brock.
London Brookfield, Vt. : Pickering & Chatto, 2008.
Garrod, A. H. (Alfred Henry), 1846-1879.
The collected scientific papers of the late Alfred Henry Garrod, M.A., F.R.S. / edited, with a biographical memoir of the author, by W.A. Forbes.
[S.l.]: Kessinger Publications, 
Henderson, Donald Ainslie, 1928-,
Smallpox : the death of a disease : the inside story of eradicating a worldwide killer / D.A. Henderson
Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 2009.
War surgery in Afghanistan and Iraq : a series of cases, 2003-2007 / edited by Shawn Christian Nessen, Dave Edmond Lounsbury, Stephen P. Hetz.
Falls Church, Va. : Office of the Surgeon General, United States Army; Washington, DC : Borden Institute : Walter Reed Army Medical Center, 2008.
A natural history of seeing : the art and science of vision / Simon Ings.
New York : W.W. Norton, 2008.
The art and politics of science / Harold Varmus.
New York : W.W. Norton, c2009.
Warner, John Harley, 1953-
Dissection : photographs of a rite of passage in American medicine, 1880-1930 / John Harley Warner, James M. Edmonson.
New York : Blast Books, 2009.
Wexler, Alice, 1942-
The woman who walked into the sea : Huntington's and the making of a genetic disease / Alice Wexler.
New Haven : Yale University Press, c2008.
Joseph Babinski : a biography / Jacques Philippon, Jacques Poirier.
Oxford New York : Oxford University Press, 2009.
Werbel, Amy Beth.
Thomas Eakins : art, medicine, and sexuality in nineteenth-century Philadelphia / Amy Werbel.
New Haven : Yale University Press, c2007.
Cook, G. C. (Gordon Charles)
Tropical medicine : an illustrated history of the pioneers / G.C. Cook.
Paris Boston : Elsevier/Academic Press, 2007.
Myrsiades, Linda S.
Medical culture in revolutionary America : feuds, duels, and a court-martial / Linda Myrsiades.
Madison : Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, c2009.
Nuland, Sherwin B.
The soul of medicine : tales from the bedside / Sherwin B. Nuland.
New York : Kaplan Pub., c2009.
Sigerist, Henry Ernst, 1891-1957.
Socialized medicine in the Soviet Union / by Henry E. Sigerist.
New York, W.W. Norton & Co. c1937.
The trauma question / Roger Luckhurst.
London New York : Routledge, 2008.
History of research on tumor angiogenesis / Domenico Ribatti.
[Dordrecht] : Springer, c2009.
Bennett, M. R.
History of cognitive neuroscience / M.R. Bennett and P.M.S. Hacker.
Chichester, U.K. ; Malden, MA : Wiley-Blackwell, 2008.
Hypnosis : a brief history / Judith Pintar and Steven Jay Lynn.
Chichester, UK Malden, MA : Wiley-Blackwell, 2008.
Surawicz, Borys, 1917-
Doctors in fiction : lessons from literature / Borys Surawicz, Beverly Jacobson.
Abingdon : Radcliffe, 2009.
Enjoy! And see you back here on June 29.