Pick Your Poison: Exhibit

The Eccles Library display of the National Library of Medicine Exhibit



"Mind-altering drugs have been used throughout the history of America. While some remain socially acceptable, others are outlawed because of their toxic, and intoxicating, characteristics. These classifications have shifted at different times in history, and will continue to change.

The transformation of a particular drug, from an acceptable indulgence to a bad habit, or vice versa, is closely tied to the intentions of those endorsing its use, and their status in society. This exhibition explores some of the factors that have shaped the changing definition of some of our most potent drugs, from medical miracle to social menace."

-National Library of Medicine, Pick Your Poison



Exhibition Highlights


Our main highlight is our banner exhibit. Created by the National Library of Medicine, the banners describe the history and usage of tobacco, alcohol, opium, cocaine and marijuana. They will be rotating between different levels of the library.



Inside our main level glass display, you'll encounter some curious stories and strange objects from the history of medicine, and instances where poison was involved. Some highlights include:

  • Gila monster*
  • A 1847 first edition copy of Medical Botany, Vol 2 by Joseph Carson
  • An early 1900s bottle of "Iron, Quinine and Strychnine"

*Gila monster is not alive, but is real





If you want more information, check out the official page for this exhibit at the National Library of Medicine's website here.

The Eccles Health Sciences Library will have the exhibit on display from September 18 - October 31, 2017. Go here to check the library's hours. 

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