Drew Invites You to Visit the Medical History Center

The Medical History Center is a treasure trove of historical photographs, rare books, personal papers, and other resources about the history of Stanford Medicine, and also about the history of medicine in general.

You can receive one-on-one instruction in doing historical research, as well as guidance on copyright and other considerations when using historical materials in your publications and projects.

Researchers have come to the Medical History Center from all over the world, including Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Latvia, Canada, and Australia.

Historical Curator – Drew Bourn PhD, MLIS – invites you to visit the Medical History Center to learn more about its rare books and other resources: “Explore how medical research and clinical care – both yesterday and today – fit into larger stories about Stanford, California, and the world.” 

The 15th-century Pandectarum by Matteo Silvatico represents the transmission of medical knowledge from the Muslim world into early modern Italy
Book 1 (top): This 18th-century work by Ottoman court physician Ibn Sallūm, written in Arabic in naskhi script, discusses the work of German physician Paracelsus.
Book 2 (bottom): Published during the Edo Period in Japan, this 18th-century work in Chinese by Kakuryō Katakura is an obstetrics manual.
This classical “Wounded Man” woodcut appears in an early 16th-century German treatise by Joannes de Ketham.

One comment on “Drew Invites You to Visit the Medical History Center”

  1. “Absolutely captivating! These two books offer a fascinating window into the intricate web of medical knowledge exchange across cultures and centuries. It’s remarkable to see how physicians like Ibn Sallūm and Kakuryō Katakura transcended geographical and linguistic barriers to enrich their own medical traditions. Their works not only shed light on the intellectual curiosity of their respective eras but also highlight the universal pursuit of understanding and healing. A truly enlightening read!”

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