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Special Events


Mayo Clinic
History of Medicine Society
Lecture Series 2018

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 25 (Thurs.) Leighton Auditorium 
The Tsar's Doctor: The Selfless and Devoted Life of Dr. Eugene Botkin
Rafael E. Jimenez, M.D., Anatomic Pathology, Hilton 11.

March 19 (Mon.) Phillips Hall
The Mayo Clinic Collection of Wax Models
Ms. Karen Koka, Archivist Librarian, W. Bruce Fye Center for the History of Medicine, Plummer 3

May 23 (Wed.) Leighton Auditorium
From Mayo Clinic to Vietnam: Memoirs of a Physician Serving in the War
Dr. James V. Donadio Jr., Emeritus Staff, Plummer N-10

July 23 (Mon.) Phillips Hall
Walter Shelden and Clarence Van Epps: Sterling and Preeminent Midwest Neurologists
Dr. Christopher J. Boes, Neurology, Mayo W-8

November 12 (Mon.) Phillips Hall
The Pleasures of Art in Louis Pasteur's Professional and Personal Life
W. Bruce Fye Visiting Professor 

Bert Hansen, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor of History, Baruch College, The City University of New York 


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 Foundation.


  • 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.