"Rare books on their way to the Internet Archive scanning pod"

That’s right: we live in a world with scanning pods. How magical.

Those scanning pods are doing good work, too. The Center for the History of Medicine at Countway Library’s terrific blog reports on the library’s efforts to digitize their nineteenth century French works in obstetrics and gynecology. Those worried about corporate hegemony will be happy to hear that those books will land at the Internet Archive.

Lest our readers wonder what this has to do with “science” in “America,” the Center’s blog notes that “John Collins Warren, Oliver Wendell Holmes, and other Harvard Medical School luminaries completed post-graduate studies in Paris.”I suppose we could quibble that medicine ≠ science, but does anyone really want to have that argument?

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