Artifacts From Special Collections


Feinberg’s Galter Health Sciences Library and Learning Center houses thousands of rare, unique and historical materials within its Special Collections Department. The collections include medical and dental works from European and American sources, spanning the 15th through the 20th centuries, with particular strengths in anatomy, pathology, obstetrics and gynecology, and urology, among others. The department also houses medical and dental artifacts, manuscripts, institutional and personal archives and more.

Pictured below: the top nine images posted to the Special Collections’ Instagram account in 2017.

The History of Magick: By way of Apology, For all the Wise Men who have unjustly been reputed Magicians, from the Creation, to the Present Age.
133 N22d 1657

Municipal report on all the deaths reported in London for the year. 1665. Causes listed include “French Pox” and “Kings Evill” (86 people died of that for that year) and a whole lot more. Over 68,000 people are listed to have died of the Plague with a total of 97,306 buried locally that year.

These mutant beings come from a 17th century medical book that attempts to classify deformities and congenital abnormalities and in the process includes fantastical and imagined creatures from contemporary and ancient times.
Liceti, De monstrorum caussis, natura et differentiis. WZ 250 L698d 1634

Bartholin, Historiarum anatomicarum rariorum. 611 B28h 1855

Cats, Alle de Wercken. Unclassified

Fanciful yet scientific inquiry into the spirit realm. 1 D36 1727

Bartisch. 617.7 B28 1583

Wilson, A system of human anatomy. 611 W694 1855

9 R145 1661