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Medical Marvels: Treasures from the Health Sciences Library

Medical Marvels: Treasures from the Health Sciences Library

When:

  • Fri 14 Dec ’18, 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Mon 17 Dec ’18, 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 18 Dec ’18, 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 19 Dec ’18, 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 20 Dec ’18, 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 21 Dec ’18, 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 3 Jan, 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 4 Jan, 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Mon 7 Jan, 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 8 Jan, 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 9 Jan, 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 10 Jan, 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 11 Jan, 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Mon 14 Jan, 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 15 Jan, 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 16 Jan, 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 17 Jan, 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 18 Jan, 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Mon 21 Jan, 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 22 Jan, 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 23 Jan, 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 24 Jan, 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 25 Jan, 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Mon 28 Jan, 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 29 Jan, 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 30 Jan, 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 31 Jan, 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 1 Feb, 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Mon 4 Feb, 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 5 Feb, 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 7 Feb, 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 8 Feb, 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Mon 11 Feb, 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 12 Feb, 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 13 Feb, 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 14 Feb, 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 15 Feb, 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Mon 18 Feb, 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 19 Feb, 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 20 Feb, 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 21 Feb, 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 22 Feb, 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Mon 25 Feb, 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 26 Feb, 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 27 Feb, 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 28 Feb, 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 1 Mar, 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Mon 4 Mar, 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 5 Mar, 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 6 Mar, 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 7 Mar, 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 8 Mar, 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Mon 11 Mar, 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 12 Mar, 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 13 Mar, 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 14 Mar, 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 15 Mar, 8:30am – 5:00pm
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Where:

University of Otago Library, 65 Albany St, Dunedin

Restrictions:

All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

In 1929, the historical collection of the University of Otago’s Health Sciences (formerly Medical) Library was established with the donation of the famed Monro Collection.

The some 450 volumes were owned by Alexander Monro, father (primus), son (secundus), and grandson (tertius), who were successively Professors of Anatomy at the University of Edinburgh, 1720-1846.

Wonderful though the Monro Collection is, it comprises but a fraction of the total Health Sciences Library’s Historical Collections, some 100,000 plus volumes. These include 18th, 19th, and 20th century books and manuscripts, as well as the unique Preventive Medicine Dissertations.

This exhibition, Medical Marvels, highlights treasures from this Historical Collection, from pharmacy and phrenology, to dentistry and disease. Of particular note is the anatomical flap book by Johann Remmelin, printed in Holland in 1667; a second edition of Andreas Vesalius’s The Fabric of the Body, printed in 1555; and Bernhard Albinus’s Tables of the Skeleton and Muscles of the Human Body, printed in 1746. Other noteworthy items include works by medicos Edward Jenner, John Hunter, Francis Glisson, Thomas Willis, and William Smellie. For those interested in the history of medicine, the exhibition is a feast.

This exhibition reflects scholarly engagement. Many of the books have been chosen by University of Otago academic staff, students, and librarians, who have used the books for their own research. We are particularly indebted to Professor Terence Doyle, Department of Medicine, and Professor Barbara Brookes, History Department. The first is an avid user of the historical collection; the second highlighted the importance of the Preventive Medicine dissertations. Please enjoy the exhibition.

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