New Exhibit: Pick Your Poison

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Cocaine Toothache DropsThe Claude Moore Health Sciences Library is now hosting a new travelling exhibit from the National Library of Medicine. Pick Your Poison: Intoxicating Pleasures and Medical Prescriptions examines shifting attitudes in the United States towards five mind-altering drugs: tobacco, alcohol, opium, cocaine, and marijuana.
 
In addition to six exhibit banners, the library is proud to present two display cases full of related artifacts from our historical collections. Featured items include anti-smoking paraphernalia, a request from UVA Hospital to operate a still during the Prohibition era, and notes documenting drug education at the UVA School of Medicine during the 19th century.
 
Pick Your Poison: Intoxicating Pleasures and Medical Prescriptions will be on display in the front lobby of the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library from July 27, 2015 to September 4, 2015.
 
The exhibit banners were produced by the National Library of Medicine and the artifact displays were prepared by Emily Bowden and Janet Pearson of the Health Sciences Library. To learn more, visit the accompanying online exhibit or contact Alvin V. & Nancy Baird Curator for Historical Collections, Joan Echtenkamp Klein at jre@virginia.edu.

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