Early pharmaceutical tools

Before the industrial production of medicines, all syrups, ointments, pills, and salves were made by hand- often by a trained apothecary or pharmacist. Over the years, specialized tools were developed to assist these specialists in making a variety of medicines. Mortars and pestles were used to grind, pulverize, and mix herbs and powdered medicines. They […]

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Abraham Lincoln's DNA

February 12, 2009 marks the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth. Many events are planned to honor him and bring attention to new historical research about his life. Some of this new research has focused on the former President’s health and DNA. The speculation centers around Mr. Lincoln’s remarkable physique. He was an extraordinarily tall […]

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Abraham Lincoln's DNA

February 12, 2009 marks the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth. Many events are planned to honor him and bring attention to new historical research about his life. Some of this new research has focused on the former President’s health and DNA. The speculation centers around Mr. Lincoln’s remarkable physique. He was an extraordinarily tall […]

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PBS "Polio Crusade"

On Monday night, “The Polio Crusade” aired on PBS’s American Experience. The hour long show documented the role of President Roosevelt and the March of Dimes organization in the effort to eradicate the disease. While new advances were being made in the treatment of polio patients, scientists were also racing to find a vaccine. Dr. […]

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