We <3 Both Digital and Historical

The heart of a book

When I downloaded the pdf of my W-2 last week, I realized that I have tax forms on my computer dating back to the 1999 tax season when I started filing online. I love the digital age—taxes without a trip to the post office, online newspapers, eBook readers that fit 60 pounds worth of reading into mere ounces, journal subscriptions without all the dust.

The book, however, is still a tried-and-true technology that preserves knowledge for generations, and wonderful things can be discovered from browsing historical collections. Our latest Best Books feature (online, of course) highlights several collections of historical medical books that are digitized so that anyone can make their own discoveries. I found a unicorn lurking on a page from a 1688 French treatise on coffee, tea and chocolate housed at the Wellcome Library in London.

While you’re online, check out what else is new on the THI website, including website features in the latest issue of the Texas Heart Institute Journal— Sonya

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