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

Join us on Wednesday, June 18, at noon for Margaret Humphreys’ presentation on “Finding Dr. Harris: an African American Surgeon in the U.S. Civil War.”

Dr. Humphreys is the Josiah Charles Trent Professor of the History of Medicine and Professor of Medicine at Duke. The event will be held in Room 102 of Duke’s Medical Library and coincides with the travelling exhibition Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine and Civil War Medicine exhibit on Level 1 featuring materials from the History of Medicine Collections and Rubenstein Library.