Exhibit: The Classics of Medicine Library, Bracken Library

Post Date:
Oct 4, 2019

Exhibit: The Classics of Medicine Library

Location: Bracken Health Sciences Library

Dates:  Oct. 1–31, 2019

This series of facsimile books highlights important published works in the history of medicine dating from 1628. The collection consists of leather-bound books with raised bands, gilt edges, stamped or embossed covers, and silk ribbon bookmarks. The endsheets are marbled and some books contain fold out color plates (see An Account of the Foxglove by William Withering). Four volumes highlight Canadian Dr. William Osler’s work and there is one volume written by Florence Nightingale. Included in the exhibit is information about the “anatomy of a book.” The “Classics of Medicine Library” series was generously donated to the Queen’s University Library by Dr. Barry T. Smith.

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