Dana’s Medical History room is coming together as a source of interesting Medical History books, instruments, and anatomical study resources. Located towards the south end of the library (take a right down the long hallway with the “pod”-like seating), renovations to the library allowed us to create a new room for this special collection. Open from 1 to 3 pm on Wednesdays, or otherwise by appointment, the Medical History Room now has books on the shelves ready for perusal.
What is in this collection? In addition to a collection of books specifically devoted to the history of medicine in Vermont, we have medical books and journals that date back to the 17th century, a large display cabinet filled with tools dating from the early 19th century, and other artifacts used by physicians in Vermont and elsewhere. One can find tonsil snares, and tonsil seizing forceps; a resection knife with an ebony handle; or Freer’s nasal chisel, as distinct from Killian’s frontal sinus chisel. Also part of the collection is a doctor’s bag used in WWI by an 1899 graduate of the University of Vermont, College of Medicine. These, and other objects, will be on display in the Medical History Room in a rotating fashion, highlighting periods of importance in the history of medicine, or issues that have bedeviled the profession then, and now.
For more about Dana’s Medical History collection, please contact Angie Chapple-Sokol.