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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Rubenstein Library Open House

Help us celebrate the transformation of one of the nation's preeminent research institutions by joining us for a special open house for the entire Duke and Triangle-area community on Thursday, September 10, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.    

Included in this Open House will be a tour of the new Josiah Charles Trent History of Medicine Room. An exhibition, Languages of Anatomy: From Vesalius to the Digital Age, will also be on display in the Chappell Family Gallery and the Josiah Charles Trent History of Medicine Room.

We’re lining up a number of events and exhibits to celebrate the opening of the Rubenstein Library throughout the fall of 2015. Check out our opening events site for a complete listing and stay tuned for updates.