History of Medicine Collections

History of Medicine Collections

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Discover the history of medicine through our rich and unique collections, which include over 20,000 monographs and 4,000 manuscripts, as well as photographs, illustrations, medical instruments, medals, and a variety of medical artifacts. We also offer a setting for classes, provide research consultations, host a speaker series and other special events, exhibit items from the collections, and issue a regular newsletter and special publications.

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Upcoming Events

Sabine Hildebrandt, M.D., will present "The role of anatomists in the destruction of victims of National Socialism," on Monday, March 23, at 5:30 pm. The history of anatomy during the National Socialist (NS) period from 1933 to 1945 has only recently come under systematic investigation. Most German anatomists became members of the NS party, while other anatomists were persecuted for so-called “racial” or political reasons. Body procurement included increasing numbers of bodies of victims of the NS system. Anatomists used these bodies for teaching and research purposes, and thus played a decisive role in the NS regime’s intended utter annihilation of its perceived enemies. Current research is focused on the reconstruction of the victims’ identities and their dignified memorialization.

Dr. Hildebrandt is an assistant professor in the department of general pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital and a lecturer on global health and social medicine at Harvard Medical School.

The event will take place in Room 217 of Perkins Library.