EARLY GIANTS IN MICROBIOLOGY:
SELECTIONS FROM THE W. BRUCE FYE HISTORY OF MEDICINE LIBRARY
The long and rich history of microbiology starts from the 16th century, even before the invention of the microscope. Initially centered in the causes of infectious diseases, it now includes practical applications of the science.
In the late 1800s and for the first decade of the 1900s, scientists seized the opportunity to further develop the germ theory of disease as enunciated by Pasteur and proved by Koch. There emerged a Golden Age of Microbiology during which many agents of different infectious diseases were identified leading to the ability to halt epidemics by interrupting the spread of microorganisms.
Many individuals have made significant contributions to the development of microbiology.
This exhibit highlights a small number of them.
Doctor Edward Jenner performing his first vaccination, 1796
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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, (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.