Medical Libraries Volume 1-2

Medical Libraries Volume 1-2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ...and surgeons of the hospital. This appropriation was continued for several years, until a generous bequest from a physician of Salem, Massachusetts, rendered it no longer necessary. This benefactor was Dr. John G. Treadwoll. who, by his will, bequeathed to Harvard College his large and valuable library, together with the sum of $5,000, the income of which was to be spent in the purchase of additional books and in subscriptions to medical journals. In case the college did not accept it, it was to be given to the Massachusetts General Hospital. The President and Fellows of Harvard College declined the gift, because of "unusual and embarrassing conditions attached to it." These "conditions" were such as to require the most rigid rules and regulations to be imposed upon the use of the library by those persons to whose care it was entrusted. And so, what seemed to our neighbors across the Charles too onerous a burden to assume has for forty years proved an enjoyable privilege to the physicians and surgeons of this hospital. At the time it was received the library contained about 2,550 volumes, many of them valuable for their printers and binders, as well as for their contents. The older ones afford an interesting study to any bibliographer. The earliest bears the date of 1500; it is the medical writings of Avicenna, a Mohammedan philosopher and physician who lived in the tenth century. There is an edition of Galen, published in 1538; one of Hippocrates, in 1657, and one of Paracelsus, in 1662, besides many others which space will not allow me to mention. As a real curio, there is one which deserves a few words. It is a very small volume, entitled, "The Queen's Closet Opened; Incomparable Secrets in Physick, Chirurgery, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 80 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 159g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236538250
  • 9781236538253