Shadows from the Walls of Death

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Shadows from the Walls of Death
Shadows from the Walls of Death title page.jpg
The frontispiece of the book Shadows from the Walls of Death.
AuthorDr. Robert C. Kedzie
CountryUnited States of America
Publication date
Media typePrint

Shadows from the Walls of Death: Facts and Inferences Prefacing a Book of Specimens of Arsenical Wall Papers is an 1874 book by Dr. Robert C. Kedzie (1823-1902) of Michigan.[1]

The book warns of the dangers then commonly used arsenic-pigmented wallpaper. The book contains 86 samples of said wallpaper. Due to the dangerous amount of arsenic in the work, of the original 100 copies, only four have survived. Most copies were destroyed by the recipient libraries.[2] These are only handled using special precautions for safety.[2] As of 2021, the remaining copies were held at Harvard University Medical School, the U.S. National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, MD, and the university libraries of Michigan State University and the University of Michigan. [3] The copy in the National Library of Medicine has been digitized and is freely available.[2]

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  1. ^ "Shadows from the walls of death". Retrieved 2021-06-02.
  2. ^ a b c Zawacki, Alexander J. (2018-01-23). "How a Library Handles a Rare and Deadly Book of Wallpaper Samples". Atlas Obscura. Retrieved 2018-06-16.
  3. ^ Kedzie, R. C; Baker, Henry B; Michigan; State Board of Health; W.S. George & Co (1874). "Shadows from the walls of death": facts and inferences prefacing a book of specimens of arsenical wall papers. OCLC 1194639611.

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