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An Abstract of the Patent Granted by His Majesty King George…
Patent medicines originated in England in the mid 17th century and were marketed with extravagant claims, offering cures for a host of maladies....
Apicius [De re culinaria Libri I-IX]
This manuscript contains 500 Greek and Roman recipes from the fourth and fifth century, both culinary and medical, reflecting the polyglot culture of...
Aristotle’s Masterpiece, Or The Secrets of Generation displayed in all the parts thereof
Published initially in 1684 and popular in both America and England for over two hundred years, this became the most widely reprinted medical book in...
De symmetria partium in rectis formis humanorum
Albrecht Dürer, printmaker and painter of the German Renaissance, was equally famous during his lifetime for contributions to the study of...
Des aller furtrefflichsten, hoechsten und adelichsten Gschoepffs aller Creaturen
Walther Hermann Ryff was a surgeon employed in Strassburg in the early 16th Century. One of the highlights of this text are the 42 hand-colored...
Engravings of the Arteries
This early work by the Scottish anatomist Charles Bell was composed for medical students and aimed to offer accurately and simply-rendered...
Feldtbuch der Wundartzney
This manual for military surgeons first published in Strassburg in 1517 was only the second handbook on surgery to be published in Germany in the...
From Basilisks to Bezoars: The Surprising History of Harry Potter’s Magical World
This collection celebrates the twentieth anniversary of the publication of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by showcasing rare...
Here begyney ye inventorie or ye collectorye in chirurgicale parte of medicene compiled and complete in ye yere of our Lord...
An illuminated and illustrated manuscript of the Chirurgia magna, or great surgery, by Guy de Chauliac. Attempting in the Chirurgia to collect the...
Historia naturalis Brasiliae
The Dutch West India Company occupied northeastern Brazil for thirty years, from 1624 to 1654. The first ten years of occupation financially strained...
La methode curative des playes, et fractures de la teste humaine avec les pourtraits des instruments
Ambroise Paré is renowned as the father of modern surgery. In obstetrics, Paré pioneered a new way of turning an infant in the uterus. He also made...
Specimen Medicinae Sinicae
The Specimen Medicinae Sinicae is the first illustrated book published on Chinese medicine in the West. It contains an overview of Chinese medical...
The byrth of Mankynde newly translated out of Laten into Englyshe
The Byrth of Mankynde, published in 1540, is the oldest manual for midwives printed in the English language. It remained in use both as a guidebook...
Vegetable Materia Medica of the United States: or, Medical Botany
The Vegetable Materia Medica, by the botanist William P.C. Barton, was published 1817-1819 in an edition of 500 copies containing fifty hand-colored...
Vesalius’s De humani corporis Fabrica
Andreas Vesalius’s De humani corporis Fabrica of 1543 is probably the most beautiful anatomical atlas produced in the 16th century. Vesalius, the 28...
William H. Helfand Collection of Pharmaceutical Trade Cards
The William H. Helfand Collection of Pharmaceutical Trade Cards contains approximately 300 colorful pharmaceutical trade cards produced in the U.S....