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veritas Harvard University Library Notes, For Harvard Library Staff, Number 1323 January 2005

Boston Medical Library Featured in New Countway Exhibit

"The Boston Medical Library: A Reconstruction of the Collection of 1805 and Its History" will be on display in the Lower Level 2 exhibit area of the Countway Library of Medicine through August 2005.

This new Countway exhibit traces the history of this library using the existing catalogs, and it examines the physical evidence of bookplates, inscriptions, and shelf marks. Over 200 titles from the first Boston Medical Library have now been identified, and most of the books displayed in the exhibit are drawn from the 1805 collection. Rare medical works, along with portraits and early photographs of some of the Library's trustees and officers, are brought together with a handful of catalogs and official records to flesh out the history of this ancestor of the Countway Library.

"The Boston Medical Library" provides a snapshot of the knowledge of medicine and surgery of the period, while its story testifies to the developing sense of benevolence, education, and social service of the city's physicians and casts light on Boston's rich medical heritage. For additional information, contact Jack Eckert, reference librarian in Rare Books and Special Collections, Countway Library, 2-6207 or jack_eckert@hms.harvard.edu.


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