Ten students from the School of Medicine and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences visited the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library on the evening of Tuesday, April 24 to view more than 40 items from the library’s rare book collection. The visit was the conclusion of the School of Medicine’s enrichment elective, ELEC 5022, and the graduate school’s CSBL 5015. The class, which was taught by Dr. Charleen Moore of the Department of Cellular and Structural Biology, covered the history of anatomy from ancient times through the 19th century.
Among the items on display:
ALBINUS, Bernhard Siegfried (1697-1770), Tables of the skeleton and muscles of the human body, London, 1st edition in Latin – 1749
HOOKE, Robert (1635-1703), Micrographia, London, 1667
VESALIUS, Andreas (1514-1564), De humani corporis fabrica libri septem, Basel, 1543
Students also viewed the oldest book in the Nixon library’s collection, CELSUS, Aulus Cornelius, De medicina, 2nd edition, 1481. De medicina is a member of a class of books known as incunables, the first books to be produced by the printing press in the late 15th century.
The P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. To schedule a visit, contact Anne Comeaux, Assistant Library Director for Special Collections, firstname.lastname@example.org or Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian, email@example.com.
Tags: May 2012