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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Treasures from the Trent Collection on Display

The Josiah Charles Trent History of Medicine Room currently features rare European medical texts, a 17th century Persian manuscript, and artifacts from the United States, Japan, and the Congo, marking the sixtieth anniversary of the Trent Collection’s arrival at Duke University.