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Special Events

Mayo Clinic
History of Medicine Society
Lecture Series 2021

Lecture presentations will be delivered via a Zoom webinar. 

All lectures in this series begin at 6:00 p.m. CT (US and Canada)

January 27 (Wed.) 
Harry Lee Parker: Games Lost and Won on the Playing Field of Neurology
Christopher J. Boes, M.D., Neurology, Mayo W-8B

Watch here 

April 28 (Wed.)
The History of Autopsy through the Ages
Mariam (Priya) Alexander, M.D., Assoc. Professor of Pathology, Dept. of Laboratory Medicine & Pathology

Watch here

July 12 (Mon.)
Pandemics, Plagues and Priests in Reformation England in the 16th and 17th Century: Why Haven't We Learned?
Gregory A. Poland, M.D., MACP, FIDSA, FRCP (London), Director, Mayo Vaccine Research Group

Watch here

October 12 (Tues.)
The Unfinished History of Professionalism
George B. Bartley, M.D., Ophthalmology, Mayo W-7
Details TBD


For information contact Tel: 507.266.7425

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 (266-7425). 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

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.



Tours by appointment only.
Call or email for other arrangements.


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