Posts Categorized: Historical Collections

New Exhibit: Pick Your Poison

The Claude Moore Health Sciences Library is now hosting a new travelling exhibit from the National Library of Medicine. Pick Your Poison: Intoxicating Pleasures and Medical Prescriptions examines shifting attitudes in the United States towards five mind-altering drugs: tobacco, alcohol, opium, cocaine, and marijuana.   In addition to six exhibit banners, the library is proud… Read more »

Yellow Fever in the United States

This post is the third in an ongoing series about the history of the U.S. Army Yellow Fever Commission and the historical context of its work. The posts are and will become pages of a revamped online exhibit about the Commission. Some of the posts will contain content that has been previously published by the Claude Moore… Read more »

The Symptoms and Epidemiology of Yellow Fever

This post is the second in an ongoing series about the history of the U.S. Army Yellow Fever Commission and the historical context of its work. The posts are and will become pages of a revamped online exhibit about the Commission. Some of the posts will contain content that has been previously published by the Claude Moore… Read more »

Gray’s Anatomy: Past and Present

Gray’s Anatomy has been considered to be a landmark of medical literature ever since Drs. Henry Gray and H.V. Carter published the first edition in 1858. Still going strong in 2008, Elsevier celebrated the 150th anniversary of the work by publishing a 40th edition in both print and electronic formats.  The publication of a 41st… Read more »

New Information about Medieval Manuscript

Earlier this year, staff members at the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library discovered two manuscript leaves from a medieval European work hidden in our collections. At the time we did not know much about the manuscripts and we had many questions. Where were they produced? When were they made? What is written on them? Eric… Read more »

Records from the Great Plague of London

Post contributed by Emily Bowden, Historical Collections Assistant at the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library   In 1665 an unwelcome but not unfamiliar visitor stalked the streets of London, bringing with it widespread sickness, fear, and death. The Great Plague of London was the last major outbreak in a long string of bubonic plague epidemics… Read more »

New Historical Photographs Collection Now Available

Post contributed by Historical Collections Assistant, Emily Bowden Processing of the UVA Health System Marketing Communications collection (MS-68) was completed last month, and an online guide detailing the contents of the collection is now available through the Virginia Heritage database. At over 10 linear feet, this primarily image-based collection holds visual materials documenting the people,… Read more »

Online Medical Artifacts Collection Reaches 400 Images

  This week the UVA Online Medical Artifacts Collection was expanded to incorporate an additional 33 artifacts, bringing the total number of artifacts in the digital collection up to 400. The recent expansion showcases even more of the fascinating and unique items you can find at the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, such as an… Read more »

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 »