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W. Bruce Fye History of Medicine Library: Exhibits

W. Bruce Fye History of Medicine Library. Current Exhibit.

Physicians in the 17th Century

This exhibit was originally curated by Miss Ruth J. Mann, History of Medicine Librarian from 1964 until her retirement in 1983.  It features individuals from the 17th century who made significant contributions to medicine and whose books are amongst the collection of the W. Bruce Fye History of Medicine Library.

Miss Mann began her career at Mayo Clinic Library in 1946 and achieved distinction as an Instructor for the Mayo Medical School, 1971-1981, and Assistant Professor in the Mayo Medical School, July 1981-83.  She was named Associate of Staff in 1983.  Miss Mann passed away October, 2015.

As in much of the history of medicine, this exhibit is still relevant today and demonstrates it is only through knowledge of the past it is possible to understand or to judge the medicine of today.  Physicians and students of today, while endeavoring to solve the new problems posed by science, can return for inspiration to the inexhaustible sources of the past and listen to the counsels and teachings of those who have gone before.


Rembrandt van Rijn, The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Tulp, 1632.

The Anatomy Lesson of Doctor Nicolaes Tulp by Rembrandt


W. Bruce Fye History of Medicine Library

Office hours: Monday through Friday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.





Exhibit Archives

 Selections from the Medical Libraries of Doctors William Worrall Mayo (1819-1911) and Charles Nathaniel Hewitt (1835-1920)

A Brief History of Midwifery: Selections from the Mayo Clinic History of Medicine Library

An Evening Among the Books: Selections of the Bibliotheca Prima of Sir William Osler

Pioneers in Medicine: Selections from the Mayo Clinic History of Medicine Library

Rochester Cemetery Walks: Nestled just northeast of the Mayo Clinic campus, Oakwood and Calvary cemeteries provide the citizens and visitors of Rochester with a quiet place for reflection. Some of the great men and women of medicine lay next to civic leaders and ordinary citizens, strengthening the bond between Mayo Clinic and its community.

Rare Anatomical Texts: This exhibit marks the 90th anniversary of the Mayo Clinic Libraries (1907-1997) and comprises part of 130 rare anatomy books donated to the History of Medicine Library by Dr. Anthony H. Kelly in the early 1990's.



Liber Chronicarum (Nuremberg Chronicle) Published in 1493

Liber Chronicarum, (Book of Chronicles) was conceived, executed and published in Nuremberg, Germany.  Its artistic patina is completely “Nurembergian” and so it is no surprise it long ago gave way to the more popular title of Nuremberg Chronicle.  With the exception of the Gutenberg Bible it has become the best known of all the items printed in the 15th century.  The W. Bruce Fye History of Medicine Library collection is fortunate to own a first edition copy, printed in Latin, dated 1493.