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Duke University Libraries, History of Medicine

The History of Medicine Collections in Duke University’s David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library contains over 20,000 rare books and 4,000 manuscript items, along with numerous prints, photos, and other types of ephemera. The collection strengths are in the following areas: anesthesiology, human sexuality, materia medica, pediatrics, psychiatry, vivisection, and yellow fever.



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by Rouy, Hersilie, 1814-1881; Le Normant des Varannes, E; History of Medicine Collections (Duke University) NcD
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former call number: Rouy
Topics: Rouy, Hersilie, 1814-1881, Mental Disorders
Duke University Libraries, History of Medicine
by Lombroso, Cesare, 1835-1909; History of Medicine Collections (Duke University) NcD
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former call number: Lombroso
Topics: Criminology, Criminal Psychology, Tattooing
Duke University Libraries, History of Medicine
by Lancisi, Giovanni Maria, 1654-1720; History of Medicine Collections (Duke University) NcD
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At head of title: Jo. Mariae Lancisii
Topic: Communicable Diseases
Duke University Libraries, History of Medicine
by Cruveilhier, J. (Jean), 1791-1874; History of Medicine Collections (Duke University) NcD
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former call number: Cruveilhier
Topic: Anatomy
Duke University Libraries, History of Medicine
by Walker, Mary Edwards, 1832-1919; History of Medicine Collections (Duke University) NcD
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Each plate preceded by leaf with descriptive letterpress
Topics: Sexual ethics, Sexual health, Ethics, Sex Manuals
Duke University Libraries, History of Medicine
by Delabarre, C. Fr. (Christophe François), 1787-1862; History of Medicine Collections (Duke University) NcD
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former call number: Delabarre
Topics: Dentition, Tooth
64 p., 8 plates (some fold.) : 17 cm
Topics: Contraception, Sex Manuals
Duke University Libraries, History of Medicine
by Fyfe, Andrew, 1754-1824; Hooper, Robert, 1773-1835; History of Medicine Collections (Duke University) NcD
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Both volumes have also special title pages
Topics: Ruysch, Frederik, 1638-1731, Anatomy
Duke University Libraries, History of Medicine
by Bewick, Thomas, 1753-1828; Beilby, Ralph, 1743 or 1744-1817
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Title vignette
Topic: Mammals
Duke University Libraries, History of Medicine
by Bauhin, Caspar, 1560-1624; Bry, Theodor de, 1528-1598; History of Medicine Collections (Duke University) NcD
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Contains 131 plates (no. 6 & 11 of bk. 3 each printed twice) being reduced copies of illustrations taken, for the most part, from Vesalius, Valverde, Eustachius, Coiter and other anatomists. --cf. L. Choulant. (Hist. and Bibl. of anatomic illus., 1920, p. 229)
Topics: Anatomy, Anatomy
Duke University Libraries, History of Medicine
by Spiegel, Adriaan van de, 1578-1625; Bucretius, Daniel, -1631; History of Medicine Collections (Duke University) NcD
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Engraved title page
Topic: Anatomy
Duke University Libraries, History of Medicine
by Harvey, William, 1578-1657; Willis, Robert, 1799-1878; Sydenham Society; History of Medicine Collections (Duke University) NcD
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Preface -- Life of William Harvey -- Last will and testament of William Harvey -- An anatomical disquisition on the motion of the heart and blood in animals -- The first anatomical disquisition on the circulation of the blood, addressed to John Riolan -- A second disquisition to John Riolan; in which many objections to the circulation of the blood are refuted -- Anatomical exercises on the generation of animals; to which are added, essays on parturition; on the membranes, and fluids of the...
Topics: Harvey, William, 1578-1657, Physiology, Blood Circulation, Embryology
Duke University Libraries, History of Medicine
by British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection; History of Medicine Collections (Duke University) NcD
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Description based on: 1984; title from cover
Topic: Vivisection
Duke University Libraries, History of Medicine
by International Physiological Congress (15th : 1935 : Saint Petersburg, Russia; Moscow, Russia); History of Medicine Collections (Duke University) NcD
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Added title on cover in Russian: Tezisy soobshcheniǐ
Topic: Physiology
Duke University Libraries, History of Medicine
by Kingsford, Anna Bonus, 1846-1888; Maitland, Edward, 1824-1897; Hart, Samuel Hopgood; History of Medicine Collections (Duke University) NcD
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Cover title: Addresses & essays on vegetarianism
Topics: Diet, Vegetarian, Food, Diet
Duke University Libraries, History of Medicine
by International Physiological Congress (16th : 1938 : Zurich, Switzerland); Freie Vereinigung Schweizerischer Physiologen; History of Medicine Collections (Duke University) NcD
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Cover title: Kongressbericht II des XVI. Internationalen Physiologenkongresses
Topic: Physiology
Duke University Libraries, History of Medicine
by Velez de Arciniega, Francisco, active 1593-1613
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former call number: A-36 V436H
Topics: Zoology, Medical, Zoology
Duke University Libraries, History of Medicine
by Henle, Jacob, 1809-1885; History of Medicine Collections (Duke University) NcD
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Bd. 3, Abth. 1. Knochenlehre. 3. Aufl. 1871. Abth. 2. Bänderlehre. 2. Aufl. 1872. Abth. 3. Muskellehre. 2. Aufl. 1871 -- Bd. 2. Abth. 1. Nervenlehre. 1871. Abth. 2. Eingeweidelehre. 2. Aufl. 1873. -- Bd. 3. Abth. 1. Gefässlehre. 2. verb. Aufl. 1876. Abth. 2. Nervenlehre. 2. verb. Aufl. 1879
Topics: Anatomy, Anatomy, Regional
Duke University Libraries, History of Medicine
by Keen, William W. (William Williams), b. 1837; History of Medicine Collections (Duke University) NcD
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Reprinted from the Popular science monthly, May 1885, by request of the class
Topic: Vivisection
Duke University Libraries, History of Medicine
by Bacon, Roger, 1214?-1294; Arrais, Duarte Madeira, d. 1652; Browne, Richard, fl. 1674-1694; History of Medicine Collections (Duke University) NcD
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Each volume has also special t.-p.: [v. 1] The cure of old age and preservation of youth. Shewing how to cure and keep off the accidents of old age; and how to preserve the youth, strength and beauty of body and the senses and all the faculties of both body and mind; [v. 2] Arbor vitae; or, A physical account of the Tree of life in the garden of Eden
Topics: Bacon, Roger, 1214?-1294, Old age, Youth, Tree of life, Geriatrics
Duke University Libraries, History of Medicine
by Buffon, Georges Louis Leclerc, comte de, 1707-1788; Chodowiecki, Daniel, 1726-1801; Harold Jantz Collection (David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library) NcD
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Frontis. drawn and engraved by D. Chodowiecki
Topic: Natural history
Duke University Libraries, History of Medicine
by Haller, Albrecht von, 1708-1777; Cullen, William, 1710-1790; History of Medicine Collections (Duke University) NcD
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"Books printed for Charles Elliot": 2 p., at end
Topics: Anatomy, Physiology, Catalogs, Publishers'
Duke University Libraries, History of Medicine
by Quain, Jones, 1796-1865; Quain, Richard, 1800-1887; Sharpey, William, 1802-1880; Leidy, Joseph, 1823-1891; History of Medicine Collections (Duke University) NcD
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Spine and half-title: Quain's anatomy
Topic: Anatomy
Duke University Libraries, History of Medicine
by Casseri, Giulio Cesare, approximately 1552-1616; Bucretius, Daniel, -1631; History of Medicine Collections (Duke University) NcD
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Engraved title page
Topic: Anatomy
Duke University Libraries, History of Medicine
by Lang, William; History of Medicine Collections (Duke University) NcD
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Lacks title page
Topics: Mesmerism, Hypnosis, genealogy
Duke University Libraries, History of Medicine
by Charcot, J. M. (Jean Martin), 1825-1893; History of Medicine Collections (Duke University) NcD
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Vol. 1 is a photographic reproduction of the typescript
Topic: Nervous System Diseases
Duke University Libraries, History of Medicine
by Bartholin, Thomas, 1616-1680; Bartholin, Caspar, 1585-1629. Anatomicae institutiones (Adaptations, etc.) 1666; Walaeus, Johannes, 1604-1649. Epistolae duae de motu chyli et sanguinis ad Thomam Bartholinum; History of Medicine Collections (Duke University) NcD
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At head of title: "Thomae Bartholini, Casp. Fil."
Topics: Blood Circulation, Anatomy
Duke University Libraries, History of Medicine
by Martínez, Martín, 1684-1734; History of Medicine Collections (Duke University) NcD
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former call number: Martínez
Topic: Anatomy
Duke University Libraries, History of Medicine
by Cheselden, William, 1688-1752; History of Medicine Collections (Duke University) NcD
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Evans
Topic: Anatomy
Duke University Libraries, History of Medicine
by Nesbitt, Robert, 1697-1761; History of Medicine Collections (Duke University) NcD
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former call number: Nesbitt
Topics: Bone and Bones, Bone Development
Duke University Libraries, History of Medicine
by Le Boursier du Coudray, Angelique Marguerite, 1714 or 1715-1794; History of Medicine Collections (Duke University) NcD
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xvi, 208 p., 25 [i.e. 26] p. of plates : 20 cm
Topic: Obstetrics
Duke University Libraries, History of Medicine
by Mullen, Allen, -1690; Petty, William, Sir, 1623-1687; Boyle, Robert, 1627-1691; History of Medicine Collections (Duke University) NcD
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The second treatise has special title page
Topics: Elephants, Eye, Anatomy, Comparative
Duke University Libraries, History of Medicine
by Paxton, James, 1786-1860; Lewis, Winslow, 1799-1875; History of Medicine Collections (Duke University) NcD
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Library has v. 2 only
Topic: Anatomy
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by Descartes, René, 1596-1650; Schuyl, Florentius, 1619-1669; History of Medicine Collections (Duke University) NcD
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Second Latin edition; first edition of original French text also appeared in 1664
Topics: Anatomy, Physiology
Duke University Libraries, History of Medicine
by Klebs, Arnold C. (Arnold Carl), 1870-1943
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"From the John Hopkins Hospital bulletin, vol. XXIV, no. 265, March, 1913."
Topics: Smallpox, Vaccinia, Immunization, History, 16th Century, History, 17th Century, History, 18th...
Duke University Libraries, History of Medicine
by History of Medicine Collections (Duke University) NcD
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Publication suspended May 1861-June 1866
Topics: General Surgery, Medicine
Duke University Libraries, History of Medicine
by Cheselden, William, 1688-1752; History of Medicine Collections (Duke University) NcD
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A separate issue of the plates, and descriptive letterpress, of the author's Anatomy of the human body
Topic: Anatomy
Duke University Libraries, History of Medicine
by Bartholin, Thomas, 1616-1680; Bartholin, Caspar, 1585-1629. Anatomicae institutiones (Adaptations, etc.) 1674; Walaeus, Johannes, 1604-1649. Epistolae duae de motu chyli et sanguinis ad Thomam Bartholinum; History of Medicine Collections (Duke University) NcD
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At head of title: Thomae Bartholini
Topics: Anatomy, Blood Circulation
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by History of Medicine Collections (Duke University) NcD
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Publication suspended May 1861-June 1866
Topics: General Surgery, Medicine
Duke University Libraries, History of Medicine
by Denton, Sherman F. (Sherman Foote), 1856-1937
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Originally issued in 8 sections, and published 1897-1900. Pt. I: The moths; pt. II: The butterflies
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Topics: Lepidoptera, Nature prints, Moths, Butterflies
Duke University Libraries, History of Medicine
by Power, D'Arcy, Sir, 1855-1941; Thompson, C. J. S. (Charles John Samuel), 1862-1943
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iv, 278 p. : 19 cm
Topics: History of Medicine, Medicine
On cover and spine: Blue and sunlights
Topics: Light, Sunlight
Duke University Libraries, History of Medicine
by Hunter, John, 1728-1793; Owen, Richard, 1804-1892; History of Medicine Collections (Duke University) NcD
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Croonian lectures on muscular motion, no. 1-6: 1776-1797: p. 211-282
Topics: Animals, Urogenital System, Digestion, Anatomy, Comparative, Physiology
Duke University Libraries, History of Medicine
by Hassall, Arthur Hill, 1817-1894; Kohlschütter, Otto, 1807-1853; History of Medicine Collections (Duke University) NcD
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Translation of The microscopic anatomy of the human body, in health and disease
Topics: Anatomy, Regional, Microscopy, Body Fluids
Duke University Libraries, History of Medicine
by Westcott, W. Wynn (William Wynn), 1848-1925; History of Medicine Collections (Duke University) NcD
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Obituary: William Wynn Westcott -- A practical note on suicide / by Frederick Dillon-- The problem of suicide / by C. Stanford Read. (3 detached journal articles, laid in)
Topic: Suicide
Duke University Libraries, History of Medicine
by Longet, F.-A. (François-Achille), 1811-1871; History of Medicine Collections (Duke University) NcD
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On spine: Système nerveux
Topic: Nervous System
Duke University Libraries, History of Medicine
by Cruveilhier, J. (Jean), 1791-1874; History of Medicine Collections (Duke University) NcD
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former call number: Cruveilhier
Topic: Anatomy
Duke University Libraries, History of Medicine
by Bichat, Xavier, 1771-1802; History of Medicine Collections (Duke University) NcD
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Text of v. 1 includes 2 folded tables
Topics: Anatomy, Physiology, Human anatomy, Physiology
Duke University Libraries, History of Medicine
by Rowley, William, 1742-1806; History of Medicine Collections (Duke University) NcD
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Collation includes final blank leaf
Topics: Dissection, Education, Medical
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by Haller, Albrecht von, 1708-1777; History of Medicine Collections (Duke University) NcD
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Vols. 2-3 have title: Operum anatomci argumenti minorum
Topics: Anatomy, Pathology
Duke University Libraries, History of Medicine
by Bell, John, 1763-1820; Bell, Charles, Sir, 1774-1842; History of Medicine Collections (Duke University) NcD
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v. 1. Bones, muscles and joints. 4th ed. 1808 -- v. 2. Heart and arteries. 3rd ed. corr. 1808 -- v. 3. Nervous system, with plates / by Charles Bell. 1803 -- v. 4. Viscera of the abdomen, the parts in the male and female pelvis, and the lymphatic system / by Charles Bell. 1804
Topic: Anatomy
Duke University Libraries, History of Medicine
by Henle, Jacob, 1809-1885; History of Medicine Collections (Duke University) NcD
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Spine title: Anatomie des Menschen
Topic: Anatomy
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by Harvey, William, 1578-1657; Willis, Robert, 1799-1878; Sydenham Society; History of Medicine Collections (Duke University) NcD
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Preface -- Life of William Harvey -- Last will and testament of William Harvey -- An anatomical disquisition on the motion of the heart and blood in animals -- The first anatomical disquisition on the circulation of the blood, addressed to John Riolan -- A second disquisition to John Riolan; in which many objections to the circulation of the blood are refuted -- Anatomical exercises on the generation of animals; to which are added, essays on parturition; on the membranes, and fluids of the...
Topics: Harvey, William, 1578-1657, Physiology, Blood Circulation, Embryology
Duke University Libraries, History of Medicine
by Bell, John, 1763-1820; Bell, Charles, Sir, 1774-1842; History of Medicine Collections (Duke University) NcD
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Austin
Topic: Anatomy
Duke University Libraries, History of Medicine
by Lactantius, approximately 240-approximately 320, author; Officina Liberorum Quentell, printer
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Imprint from colophon
Topics: Embryology, Human, Human reproduction, Gynecology, Human physiology
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by Haller, Albrecht von, 1708-1777; History of Medicine Collections (Duke University) NcD
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Imprint varies: v.2-3, Sigismund D'Arnay; v.4-5, Francis Grasset; v.6-8, Bern, Societat typographic
Topic: Physiology
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by Quain, Richard, 1816-1898
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xviii, 1816 p. : 25 cm
Topic: Medicine
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by Agrippa von Nettesheim, Heinrich Cornelius, 1486?-1535; History of Medicine Collections (Duke University) NcD
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At head of title: Henrici Cornelii Agrippae ab Nettesheym
Topics: History, 17th Century, Science
Duke University Libraries, History of Medicine
by Bernard, Claude, 1813-1878; History of Medicine Collections (Duke University) NcD
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t. 1. Cours du semestre d'hiver 1854-1855 -- t. 2. Cours du semestre d'été 1855
Topics: Physiology, Physiology, Pathological, Physiology, Liver, Pancreas, Gastric Juice
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by Pepper, William, 1874-1947
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Caption title
Topics: Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790, Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790
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by Tyson, Edward, 1650-1708; History of Medicine Collections (Duke University) NcD
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former call number: Tyson
Topics: Nematoda, Parasites
Duke University Libraries, History of Medicine
by Horner, William E. (William Edmonds), 1793-1853; History of Medicine Collections (Duke University) NcD
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former call number: Horner
Topic: Anatomy
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by Haller, Albrecht von, 1708-1777; Mihles, Samuel; History of Medicine Collections (Duke University) NcD
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"To the reader" signed, "S.M." i.e. Samuel Mihlis
Topics: Physiology, Physiology
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by Solly, Samuel, 1805-1871; History of Medicine Collections (Duke University) NcD
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former call number: Solly
Topic: Brain
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by Arey, Leslie Brainerd, 1891-; History of Medicine Collections (Duke University) NcD
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former call number: Arey
Topics: Embryology, Developmental Biology
Duke University Libraries, History of Medicine
by Zinn, Johann Gottfried, 1727-1759; Wrisberg, Heinrich August, 1739-1808; History of Medicine Collections (Duke University) NcD
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Originally published at Göttingen in 1755
Topic: Eye
Duke University Libraries, History of Medicine
by Salgado, Marcos José, 1671-1740; Universidad de México
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Medina 2965; León, t. 3, no. 382
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by McCulloch, C. C., Jr. (Champe Carter), 1869-1928; Library of the Surgeon-General's Office (U.S.)
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Caption title: Medical incunabula in the Surgeon-General's Library
Topics: Incunabula as Topic, Incunabula, Medicine, Rare books
Duke University Libraries, History of Medicine
by Arnaldus, de Villanova, -1311; Scuola medica salernitana; History of Medicine Collections (Duke University) NcD
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"Nouiter correctum ac emendatum p[er] ... doctores Montispessulani regentes, anno MCCCCLXXX."
Topics: Hygiene, Materia Medica, Incunabula
Duke University Libraries, History of Medicine
by Cruveilhier, J. (Jean), 1791-1874; Pattison, Granville Sharp, 1791-1851; Madden, William Herries; History of Medicine Collections (Duke University) NcD
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The English ed., on which the American is based, was transl. by W.H. Madden.--cf. Editor's pref
Topic: Anatomy
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by Haller, Albrecht von, 1708-1777; History of Medicine Collections (Duke University) NcD
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Vol. 5-7 have imprint: Apud viduam Abram Vandenhoeck
Topic: Dissertations, Academic as Topic
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by Paget, Stephen, 1855-1926; Hadwen, Walter R. (Walter Robert), 1854-1932; British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection; History of Medicine Collections (Duke University) NcD
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Originally published in The Standard
Topic: Vivisection
Duke University Libraries, History of Medicine
by Denton, Sherman F. (Sherman Foote), 1856-1937
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Originally issued in 8 sections, and published 1897-1900. Pt. I: The moths; pt. II: The butterflies
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Topics: Lepidoptera, Nature prints, Moths, Butterflies
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by Stopes, Marie Carmichael, 1880-1958; History of Medicine Collections (Duke University) NcD
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former call number: Stopes
Topics: Marriage, Love
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by Todd, Robert Bentley, 1809-1860; History of Medicine Collections (Duke University) NcD
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former call number: Todd
Topics: Anatomy, Physiology, Zoology, Dictionaries, Medical