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, October 29, for the next Trent History of Medicine Lecture Series. Karen Kruse Thomas, Ph.D., will present “An Unlikely Alliance: Medical Civil Rights Reformers and Southern Senators in the Age of Deluxe Jim Crow.”

Dr. Thomas has served as Historian of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health since 2012. Her publications in the history of medicine and public health have received national awards from the American Association for the History of Medicine and the Southern Historical Association. In 2011, the University of Georgia Press published her first book, Deluxe Jim Crow: Civil Rights and American Health Policy, 1935-1954.

The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will be held in Room 217 of Perkins Library. A reception will follow the talk.