History of Medicine Collections

History of Medicine Collections


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

Constance Putnam, Ph.D., will present "A Revisionist View of the Semmelweis Story," on Wednesday, February 25, at 3 pm. Dr. Putnam is a medical history researcher and writer who has spent several years reviewing the story of Ignaz Semmelweis, a nineteenth-century Hungarian physician and leading proponent of antisepsis. Semmelweis was more than the ‘hand-washing guy;’ he had a very full, though brief, career as part of a vital and impressive medical community – a part of the tale that is general ignored. The event will take place in Room 217 of Perkins Library.