Treasures of the P.I. Nixon

May 2016 Historical Book of the Month

May 3, 2016

This month’s highlighted historical book from the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library is De Symmetria Partium in Rectis Formis Humanorum Corporum by Albrecht Dürer. This 1st Latin edition was translated from the original 1528 German edition and published in Nuremberg in 1532. Dürer was an influential artist, renowned print-maker, and respected contributor to the Northern […]


April 2016 Historical Book of the Month

April 4, 2016

In honor of Earth Day, this month’s chosen resource is Jacob Bigelow’s American Medical Botany, a 3-volume set published between 1817 and 1820 and one of the first titles published in the United States containing colored plant illustrations. Sixty beautiful colored plates were produced using a special process invented by Bigelow himself. Each entry includes […]


March 2016 Historical Book of the Month

March 8, 2016

The March 2016 Historical Book of the Month features this monumental work by Giovanni Battista Morgagni. De Sedibus, et Causis Morborum per Anatomen Indagatis Libri Quinque 2nd edition Published in Padua in 1765 The Seats and Causes of Diseases Investigated by Anatomy: In Five Books 1st English edition Published in London in 1769 Considered the […]


February 2016 Historical Book of the Month

February 3, 2016

This month’s featured historical book is Coomb’s Popular Phrenology by Frederick Coombs published in Boston in 1841. This monograph contains charts and illustrations of the exact phrenological – or skull – measurements of over fifty people. Phrenologists believed that each personality trait and mental faculty is represented in a specific area of the brain and […]


January 2016 Historical Book of the Month

January 7, 2016

The January 2016 Historical Book of the Month is Medicinal Experiments: or, A Collection of Choice Remedies, for the Most Part Simple and Easily Prepared, a collection of medicinal recipes compiled by Robert Boyle and published posthumously in London in 1692. Namesake of Boyle’s Law, Robert Boyle was one of the founders of modern chemistry, […]


December 2015 Historical Book of the Month

December 7, 2015

This month’s highlighted resource from the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library is An Essay on the Principle of Population as it Affects the Future Improvement of Society written under a pseudonym by Thomas Robert Malthus in 1798. In this statistical classic, Malthus concludes that population increases exponentially while the food supply only increases arithmetically, leading […]


The Diary of a Resurrectionist: The Value of Death

April 30, 2015

Attending medical school in this century has a number of challenges. There is tuition, books, fees, and even things such as parking stickers that the students may have to worry about getting before the first day of class. However, back in 1896 the major supplies that medical students and schools were concerned about were cadavers. […]


The Natural History of Human Teeth -John Hunter

March 12, 2015

Would you believe it if someone told you that there once lived a man that was involved in the dissection of over 2,000 bodies; established circulation of the placenta; traced the nerves of smell; explained causes of congenital hernias; demonstrated circulation of the lymphatic system; wrote numerous papers on treating gunshot wounds, descent of the […]


Elizabeth Blackwell: First Female Physician of the Modern Era

March 11, 2015

“[women] May be useful in some departments, but in surgery, no nerve” and “…can you think of a patient in a critical case, waiting for half an hour while the medical lady fixes her bonnet or adjusts her bustle?” In a time when women were considered inferior, not only physically, but also mentally, simply the […]


“The lady with the lamp” and her contributions to modern nursing

February 25, 2015

  The largest profession, and the profession that is consistently ranked as the most trusted profession in the United States, is that of nursing. The foundations of nursing practiced across the world were pioneered by the greatest figure in nursing history, Florence Nightingale. She helped to define nursing practice by suggesting that nurses did not […]