Thursday, March 24, 2011

"Super Charms Mixture of Practically Everything"

A recent transfer from the School of Dentistry (via our friend Dr. J. Henry Clarke) included, among other goodies, a 1958 catalog from Silverman's, "The Dental Mail Order House of America." Along with products I'd prefer not to dwell on (root tweezers) Silverman's offered a delectable assortment of treats for the kids:

(clicking to enlarge is an absolute must)

I was momentarily impressed to see that if you were a good kid at the dentist in 1958, you might get your own forceps - until Karen sagely pointed out that the term "Child's forceps" probably referred not to forceps belonging to a child, but small-size forceps used on a child.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

A brace of Bernards

We recently acquired two works by Claude Bernard, adding to the library's holdings of this prolific French physiologist.

Bernard, Claude. Leçons sur les propriétés des tissus vivants. Paris: Baillière, 1866.

Bernard, Claude. Leçons sur le diabète et la glycogenèse animale. Paris: Baillière, 1877.

I think they make quite a fetching pair in their marbled paper boards. They'll be cataloged for the History of Medicine Collection, and will be available for research in HC&A.