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Special Events


Mayo Clinic
History of Medicine Society
Lecture Series 2019

To access videos of History of Medicine Society lectures, click on link and in "Search all Media" box, type History of Medicine Society to retrieve listing.

All lectures in this series begin at 6:00 p.m. and are free and open to Mayo staff, residents, students, patients, visitors and the community.

In order to provide adequate seating and food for these events please RSVP at least 2 days before the presentation.  Phone (507) 284-3676 or email:  

January 23 (Wed.) Phillips Hall
Medical Book Collecting and Scholarship: A Recovering Bibliomaniac Shares His Perspective
W. Bruce Fye, M.D., Emeritus Professor of Medicine and the History of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Plummer N-10 

March 20 (Wed.) Leighton Auditorium
The Crusade for Forgotten Souls: Reforming Minnesota's Mental Institutions, 1946-1954
Susan Bartlett Foote, JD, MA, Professor Emerita, Division of Health Policy and Management, University of Minnesota

June 5 (Wed.) Phillips Hall
Hidden in Plain View: Discovering the Work of a 16th Century Anatomist Hidden in the Historiated Initials of Andreas Vesalius - Surprising Images of the Healing, Stealing, Dissection, and Visection of Bodies
Douglas J. Lanska, MD, MS, MSPH, FAAN, Professor, I. M. Sechenov University, Moscow, Russia.  Honorary Fellow, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI.

July 24 (Wed.) Leighton Auditorium
The History of Neurology in Film: The Early Beginnings
Dr. Eelco F. Wijdicks, Neurology, Mayo W-8B

October 2 (Wed.) Geffen Auditorium, Gonda Bldg.
Edith Graham Mayo: Partner in Marriage, Partner in Medicine
Ms. Judith Hartzell, author of books about the family that founded Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota

November 21 (Thurs.) Phillips Hall
The Frustrated Benevolence of 'Dr. Anonymous': Unraveling a Myth in the Early History of Angina Pectoris
W. Bruce Fye Visiting Professor 

Paul D. Kligfield, MD, Clinical Professor Emeritus of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY

About the W. Bruce Fye History of Medicine Library

Specialty: History of Medicine and Rare Books
Tel: 507-284-3676
Fax: 507-266-2295
Pummer Building, 15th floor, room 15-07.

W. Bruce Fye History of Medicine Library


The W. Bruce Fye History of Medicine Library is a specialized library housing important collections in the history of medicine and allied sciences. Several thousand volumes of rare medical classics (from 1479) and early journal literature (from 1665) comprise the core collection of primary literature on all aspects of medicine and allied fields.  More recently published histories, biographies, facsimiles, and other support materials comprise the remainder of the collection of some 23,000 total volumes.  Special strengths include anesthesiology, cardiology, dermatology, immunology, ophthalmology and neurology.  The library also has a large collection of Mayo physician bound reprints. 

Library Catalog
The W. Bruce Fye History of Medicine collection can be searched online at 

Borrowing Privileges
Older works are non-circulating and may be used by calling for an appointment (284-3676). Contemporary support materials (recently published historical accounts, biographies, etc.) are available for circulation. Borrowing privileges are extended to faculty, students and employees of Mayo Clinic.


  • Tours by appointment only
  • Reference consultations
  • Image research for historical medical figures and subjects
  • Digital imaging by arrangement 

Loan Policies

  • Classic monographs and journals: non-circulating
  • Selected contemporary monographs/journals: Two weeks, two renewals
  • Media: Two weeks, two renewals

In The Spotlight


Hilary J. Lane
Instructor in History of Medicine 
Coordinator - W. Bruce Fye History of Medicine Library 
Phone: 507-284-3676


Mon-Fri 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Tours by appointment only.
Call or email for other arrangements.