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History of Medicine Collection

The Medical Library at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center at Shreveport understands the importance of our medical and scientific past and seeks to preserve this unique history. To that end, a variety of resources that document the history of medicine are collected.

History of Medicine Room

The History of Medicine Room was renovated in 2007 with funding provided by Medical Center Clinics, Inc. and contains monographs and serials dating from 1743 to the present. Included are early medical imprints, histories of medicine, reprints and facsimiles of classic early works, biographies, journals and medical fiction.

This collection of approximately 3500 monographs includes the 3 volume Medicinal Dictionary published in 1743; the Manual of Military Surgery (image 1 and 2) for use in the Confederate States, published in 1863 and used during the Civil War; eleven editions of William Osler's most famous work, The Principles and Practice of Medicine, dating from 1893; and multiple editions of Gray's Anatomy, including an edition in Chinese that was printed from woodblocks, published in the late 1800s.

This collection continues to grow through generous contributions of our donors including the Edgar Hull Memorial Fund, Dr. Richard K. Langford, Dr. C. Elmo Boyd, Ed Simonton, Dr. Joe E. Holoubek, and H. Whitney Boggs, III.

In addition to books and serials, history of medicine holdings include the Medical Artifact Collection. This historic collection of more than 800 items contains medical instruments and apparatus, scientific equipment, machinery and medical memorabilia. Highlights of the collection are a Civil War-era amputation kit, vintage electrocardiographs, microscopes, and early electro-convulsive therapy equipment. Surgical and diagnostic instruments were manufactured by the leaders in the field including Tiemann, Sklar, Kny-Scheerer, Haslam, American Optical Co., Cambridge Scientific Instrument Company, and Sanborn Company. Instruments for a variety of specialties include orthopedics, ophthalmology, urology, obstetrics, gynecology, surgery, and gastroenterology.