Posts Categorized: Historical Collections

Online Yellow Fever Collection has a New Home

Last week the Philip S. Hench Walter Reed Yellow Fever collection found a new home in the University of Virginia Library catalog (Virgo). The digital collection, which the University has hosted online for almost 15 years, is a rich archive that documents the history of how scientists discovered the vector for yellow fever in Cuba. By… Read more »

New Exhibit: Fabric of the Human Body

In commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the birth of Andreas Vesalius, the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library presents a new exhibit: The Fabric of the Human Body. Vesalius, a Renaissance anatomist, transformed the study of anatomy and medicine in Europe with his masterpiece De Humani Corporis Fabrica. The exhibit briefly recounts the life and… Read more »

That Dread Disease

Members of the public are invited to attend the opening of That Dread Disease: A History of Tuberculosis in Virginia, 1870-1920 in the main lobby of Claude Moore Health Sciences Library on Friday April 24, 2015 at 4:00 PM. That Dread Disease is a poster exhibit that explores the history of tuberculosis in Virginia during… Read more »

Hidden Medieval Manuscript Found in Library

Historical collections staff at the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library have discovered two pages from a medieval European manuscript hidden among its rare books. The pages, which remain unidentified, were found when a University of Virginia medical student requested to view a book in the library that was printed in 1550. Staff members pulled the… Read more »

Library’s Medical Artifacts Now Online

Beginning this week, researchers will be able to view from the comfort of their homes some of the rare and unique medical artifacts housed at the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library. A new online resource, the University of Virginia Medical Artifacts Collection, displays over 350 artifacts from the library that relate to the history of… Read more »

Andreas Vesalius Turns 500

From 12:30 to 1:30 on Wednesday, January 21 join us in the Jordan Hall Conference Center for the first Medical Center Hour Presentation of 2015, Celebrating Modern Anatomy’s Birthday: Andreas Vesalius Turns 500. Medical historian Luke Demaitre will describe the life and accomplishments of the famed Renaissance anatomist, Andreas Vesalius, and discuss his role in… Read more »

Christmas at Base Hospital 41

Four years after the famous Christmas Truce of 1914, the first post-WWI Christmas was a season of mixed emotion. Coming quickly on the heels of the November 11th Armistice, the holidays of 1918 were a time when relief and celebration for the end of the war were mingled with sorrow from the physical and emotional… Read more »

Von Frieling’s Green Butter Salve

Authored by Emily Bowden, Historical Collections Assistant at the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library From wedding dresses to embalmed lice, Historical Collections has its share of the unexpected, including some items you could describe as downright odd. Recently a new set of unusual objects in the collection came to our attention. In the early 20th… Read more »

Bloodletting Exhibit

Breathing a Vein: The History of Bloodletting in American Medicine will be on display from October 7 to November 21 in the lobby of the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library. Bloodletting, an ancient medical treatment, was widely practiced in the United States well into the nineteenth century. Although it no longer enjoys the dominant position… Read more »

History of the UVA Health System Exhibit

One of the Health Sciences Library’s permanent exhibits recently received some much needed love and care. Since 2001, the exhibit “Celebrating 100 Years. A Legacy of Care. A Framework for the Future.” has hung in a heavily-used corridor near the hospital’s main cafeteria. The exhibit tells the history of the University of Virginia Health System and… Read more »