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W. Bruce Fye History of Medicine Library: Exhibits

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

Early Illustrated Herbals: Selections from the W. Bruce Fye History of Medicine Library

Herbals, that is, books containing a collection of descriptions of plants for medical purposes, played an important role in the history of therapeutics.

For many centuries they have been the text-books of physicians and laymen who practiced medicine, and of priests and monks.  They were also very popular as consultation books among non-medical people.

Their aim was always a purely practical one.  They contained a descriptive list of plants and drugs of vegetable origin and perhaps, the earliest ones, contained some dried samples of the plants themselves.

This exhibit shows titles limited to the 15 and 1600’s.

Turkey Corn, John Gerard, Herball, 1597

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.