Life Sciences

The Bubonic Plague

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Rai Bahadur A. Mitra


Dr. Rai Bahadur A. Mitra who was the Chief Medical Officer in Kashmir presents a short treatise on the bubonic plague. The book ranges from …

Herbals, Their Origin and Evolution: A Chapter in the History of Botany

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Agnes Arber


Eminent British botanist Agnes Arber provides an authoritative history of printed Herbals -- books widely used in early modern Europe to cat…

Radioisotopes in Medicine

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Earl W. Phelan


Radioisotopes in Medicine is an educational booklet published in 1966 as part of the Understanding the Atom series by the United States Atom…

The Extermination of the American Bison

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William T. Hornaday


The American bison (Bison bison), also commonly known as the American buffalo, is a North American species of bison that once roamed the gra…

Dinosaurs, With Special Reference to the American Museum Collections

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William Diller Matthew


America has had a fascination with dinosaurs, particularly since the wild enthusiasm of Jurassic Park and its sequels. The term "dinosa…

Sleeping Sickness

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Fleming Mant Sandwith


In the twenty-first century sleeping sickness (African trypanosomiasis in humans) is still a life-threatening disease of adults and children…

Organic Evolution

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Richard Swann Lull


Organic Evolution is a college textbook that describes the mechanism of biological evolution by natural selection. It then explores the evid…

Natural Science and Religion

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Asa Gray


Asa Gray was a highly-regarded botanist at Harvard University and a friend and collaborator of Charles Darwin. As a Christian, Gray was conc…

Travels to Oaxaca

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Nicolas-Joseph Thiéry De Menonville and Nicolas-Joseph Thiéry de Menonville


Botanical Piracy! A French botanist plots to steal red dye cochineal insects from Spanish Mexico and transplant them and their cacti hosts …

Half Hours With the Lower Animals

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Charles Holder


This book is devoted to the study of invertebrate animals. While most people associate the word "animal" with fish, amphibians, re…

Animals of the Past

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Frederic Lucas


Prior to the emergence of paleontology and comparative anatomy as scientific disciplines at the end of the 18th century, it was generally kn…

Audubon's Western Journal: 1849-1850

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John Woodhouse Audubon


John Woodhouse Audubon (1812-1862), son of the famous painter John James Audubon and an artist in his own right, joined Col. Henry Webb's Ca…

Natural Theology

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William Paley


In this early nineteenth-century classic, William Paley assesses how our understanding of nature reflects characteristics of its creator. Fi…

The Science - History of the Universe Vol. 6: Zoology & Botany

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Francis Rolt-Wheeler


Multi-volume work on science edited by Francis Rolt-Wheeler. The sixth volume is on Zoology written by Dr. WM. D. Matthew and on Botany writ…

The Life of the Fly, With Which are Interspersed Some Chapters of Autobiography

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Jean-Henri Fabre


The title tells all, along with other observations on insect life from the famed accidental entomologist of 19th Century France.. - Summary …

Brain and Personality, or the Physical Relations of the Brain to the Mind

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William Hanna Thomson


One of the earlier works on brain science, relating what was then known or conjectured about the connection between the physical brain and t…

The Endeavour Journal of Sir Joseph Banks from 25 August 1768-12 July 1771

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Joseph Banks


In this Journal, Joseph Banks records almost daily observations of the journey of the ship the Endeavour on the first of James Cook’s voyage…

Our Vanishing Wild Life

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William T. Hornaday


We are weary of witnessing the greed, selfishness and cruelty of "civilized" man toward the wild creatures of the earth. We are si…

Letters to a Friend, Written to Mrs. Ezra S. Carr, 1866-1879

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John Muir


When John Muir was a student in the University of Wisconsin he was a frequent caller at the house of Dr. Ezra S. Carr. The kindness shown hi…

Micrographia

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Robert Hooke


Published in 1665, this is the first publication of the Royal Society and considered to be the first scientific best-seller. As opposed to t…

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