History of Medicine Collections

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The Duke University History of Medicine Collections acquire, preserve, interpret, and make available for research and instruction materials documenting the history of medicine, biomedical science, health and disease in the global context of the Western medical tradition. The collections seek to bring historical perspectives to bear on contemporary health issues and to facilitate an interdisciplinary understanding of the history of medicine. These rich and unique collections include over 20,000 monographs, over 4,000 manuscripts, as well as photographs, illustrations, medical instruments, and a variety of medical artifacts. The collections document the history of health sciences from the 12th-century to the 20th-century with strengths in anesthesia, human sexuality, materia medica, pediatrics, psychiatry, vivisection, and yellow fever.