Rare books in the Medical Collection comprise works printed in Europe from the dawn of printing to 1850. The collection includes the great names in medical history, such as Galen, Vesalius and Harvey, early printed works by ordinary practitioners, and writings on popular and alternative remedies.
There are many lavishly illustrated anatomical and surgical books, as well as herbals and 'coffee-table' volumes of natural history.
Early tracts on addictive pleasures such as coffee, tobacco, and chocolate are also represented.
The Library’s entire collection of European books printed before 1701 is being digitised as part of ProQuest’s Early European Books project.
Selected rare books from the Medical Collection.