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Guide to the History of Medicine oversize print materials, 1628-1856 and undated

Abstract

The Duke University History of Medicine Collections acquire, preserve, interpret, and make available for research and instruction, materials documenting the history of medicine, biomedical science, health and disease in the global context of the Western medical tradition. The collection was assembled by Duke Medical Center Library staff, and contains newspapers and other oversize print materials related to the history of medicine. The earliest date comes from a modern reproduction in black-and-white of an anatomical treatise from 1628. Newspaper issues from the 18th and 19th centuries carry advertisements related to physicians' services, medical practices, and medicinal products. Single sheets from the London Illustrated News concern the activities of Florence Nightingale during the Crimean War, 1855-1856, and are illustrated with large black-and-white engravings; one issue reproduces a piece of music with verses praising Nightingale. The items were acquired from various sources as part of the History of Medicine Collections at Duke University.

Descriptive Summary

Collection Number
RL.00571
Title
History of Medicine oversize print materials
Date
1628-1856 and undated
Creator
Duke University. Medical Center. Library
Extent
0.5 Linear Feet, 17 Items
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Material in English

Collection Overview

The collection contains newspapers and other oversize print materials related to the history of medicine. The earliest date comes from a modern reproduction in black-and-white of an anatomical treatise from 1628. Newspaper issues from the 18th and 19th centuries carry advertisements related to physicians' services, medical practices, and medicinal products. Single sheets from the London Illustrated News concern the activities of Florence Nightingale during the Crimean War, 1855-1856, and are illustrated with large black-and-white engravings; one issue reproduces a piece of music with verses praising Nightingale. The items were acquired from various sources as part of the History of Medicine Collections at Duke University.

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Collection is open for research.

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The copyright interests in this collection have not been transferred to Duke University. For more information, consult the copyright section of the Regulations and Procedures of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

Contents of the Collection

1. Newspapers, 1783-1818

Newspaper issues from the 18th and 19th centuries feature advertisements relating to physicians, medical practice, and medical treatments, including pharmaceutical products and tonics.

Vol. 27, no. 43, 1797, Aug. 2
Box 1
Vol. 34, no. 6, 1800, Sept. 20
Box 1
Vol. 36, no. 20, 1801, Nov. 7
Box 1
Vol. 37, no. 17, 1802, April 28
Box 1
Vol. 38, no. 16, 1802, Oct. 23
Box 1
Vol. 43, no. 26, 1805, June 1
Box 1
Vol. 43, no. 42, 1805, Aug. 3
Box 1
No. 2478, 1807, Dec. 30
Box 1
No. 2862, 1811, Sept. 11
Box 1
No. 3335, 1816, Mar. 23
Box 1
Vol. xvi, no. 907, 1783, Sept. 18
Box 1
Folder 1
Vol. 53, no. 6799, 1818
Box 1
Folder 1
Anatomical treatise from 1628, in Latin, reprinted in London, modern reproduction from 20th century
(1 sheet, 2 duplicate copies)
Box 1
Folder 2
Miss Nightingale visiting the hut hospital at Balaclava, The London Illustrated News, 1855, June 23, p. 621-622

The large black-and-white illustration on this single sheet shows Florence Nightingale on horseback ascending a steep incline in the mountains of Crimea; she is accompanied by soldiers and porters both on horseback and on foot. The camp hospitals are visible to the far right in the distance. The short article beneath describes her movements in May and June of 1855 and her attack of fever.

Box 1
Folder 3
The London Illustrated News, 1856, Apr. 26, p. 451-452

Single sheet from the News features a piece of music lauding Florence Nightingale, covering a full side of the sheet. The three stanzas were written by Francis Bennoch (this piece of sheet music was also published in 1855 under the name Francis Bennock) and the score was composed by J.L. Hatton.

Box 1
Folder 3
The London Illustrated News, 1856, Aug. 30

Single sheet from the front page of the News carries a large illustration of the carriage used by Nightingale on the Crimean battlefields. The reverse side contains short article about the carriage and her efforts to help the ill and the wounded.

Box 1
Folder 3

Historical Note

The oversize print materials in this collection were assembled by Duke University Medical Center Library staff from a variety of History of Medicine Collections to form a reference and research resource. The Duke University History of Medicine Collections acquire, preserve, interpret, and make available for research and instruction, materials documenting the history of medicine, biomedical science, health and disease in the global context of the Western medical tradition.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], History of Medicine oversize print materials, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The History of Medicine oversize print materials were acquired by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library in 2011 as a transfer from the Duke Medical Center Library.

Processing Information

Processed by Paula Jeannet Mangiafico, Willeke Sandler, Matthew Warren

Encoded by Paula Jeannet Mangiafico, Willeke Sandler, April 2013