Murder Pamphlets

Booyah! Since the weather is so dreary here in Boston, let’s go with a bit of the macabre this morning, courtesy of the National Library of Medicine’s murder pamphlets from 1600s to the late 1800s.  “These pamphlets have been a rich source for historians of medicine, crime novelists, and cultural historians, who mine them for evidence to illuminate the history of class, gender, race, the law, the city, crime, religion and other topics. The murder pamphlets in the NLM’s collection address cases connected to forensic medicine, especially cases in which doctors were accused of committing-or were the victims of-murder.”  My only complaint?  Not enough scientific photos on how to actually kill someone.  [via mefi]

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