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Library offers view of medical rarities

To celebrate American Archives Month in October, the UT Southwestern Medical Center community was invited to visit the Rare Book Room at the Health Sciences Digital Library and Learning Center to view treasures from the University’s collection. The staff of the library plans to offer monthly open house events in 2016 highlighting special collections. The series will start with “Who Named It? Medical Eponyms in the Collections” on Jan. 12.

medical illistration
A university archivist points out an illustration in the 1555 second folio edition of De Humani Corporis Fabrica (“On the Fabric of the Human Body”), written by Belgian anatomist Andreas Vesalius.
surgical instruments
This set of surgical instruments, housed in a wooden, velvet-lined box, was made by G. Tiemann & Co., the largest surgical instrument manufacturer during the U.S. Civil War. It is thought to have been manufactured between 1864 and 1866, and is one of more than 250 items in UT Southwestern’s medical artifacts collection.