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the Josiah Charles Trent Collection in the History of Medicine

November 14, 2023 – May 11, 2024
Sponsor(s): History of Medicine

In 1956, Duke University received the Josiah Charles Trent Collection in the history of medicine. Dr. Trent received his undergraduate degree from Duke University in 1934 and his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He returned to Duke for his residency and to develop the nascent department of Thoracic Surgery. Despite his untimely death at the age of 34 in 1948, Dr. Trent and his wife Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans amassed an extraordinary collection in the history of medicine. This exhibit recognizes their remarkable collection and their intent to share and promote the use of materials with students, researchers, and others. 

White male sitting at a desk with a bone saw and a statue
Dr. Trent in front of bone saw and Ecorche statue