Mad for Mading: A Glimpse Into the Past of Public Health

This is so cool! I didn’t know that we had anything like this here in Texas!

The Black Bag: Foundations of Medicine

Keya Gokhale
Special Collections Intern

Are you a current public health student or researcher? Do you just love old books? Come check out the Mading collection at the McGovern Historical Center! It is a one-stop shop for information regarding the worldwide history of public health. It has works dating back as far as 1767, all the way up to the mid 20th century. Topics covered include yellow fever, cholera, public sanitation, typhoid, epidemics, typhus, sex education, and infant nutrition. It is fascinating to see how attitudes and information regarding these topics have changed over the last couple of hundred years. Notable authors include Daniel Defoe, Absalom Jones, and Benjamin Rush.

Titles available include:

Dreadful Visitation: in a Short Account of the Progress and Effects of the Plague, the Last Time it Spread in the City of London, in the Year 1665. By Daniel Defoe. | This pamphlet is the oldest…

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Published by Elayne Otstot (public health girl)

Graduate of the UT Arlington B.S. in Public Health inaugural cohort and member of Loyola Law School's Coelho Center Fellowship. I address public health and health policy issues in an easy to understand format on my blog Public Health Girl.

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