The Alfred Taubman Health Sciences Library Rare Book Room serves as a resource for researchers in the history of medicine. It contains approximately 6,300 medical works of scholarly significance, original descriptions of important medical discoveries, and classic accounts of the evolution of modern medicine.
With titles dating from 1470 to the early 20th century, the collections consist primarily of pre-1850 imprints and includes
- 82 incunabula
- medical fugitive sheets
- medical cartoons
- medical portraits
- medical illustrations
- 52 medical magical amulets
- medical artifacts
The collections are almost all cataloged and represented in the University of Michigan’s online catalog Mirlyn.
From its early beginnings the Rare Book Room has benefited from a number of generous donations and the continuing transfer of volumes from the Taubman Health Sciences Library stacks. Thus the collections cover a broad range of medical subjects. Particular strengths have developed in
- pharmacy and materia medica
- obstetrics and gynecology
- American medical literature from the early 1800s
- hernia repair