Thursday, December 08, 2011

Round-up of history of medicine books in the classroom

This fall I've been posting about books that I've brought to the History of Medicine I course, a weekly lecture given in the School of Medicine by Dr. Lynn Loriaux. Before each lecture, I do a short book talk tailored to the audience of first-year medical students. Rare and fragile items are displayed on a podium during the lecture, and I stay afterwards to answer questions and guide the students as they inspect the books. But whenever possible, I bring non-rare items that are appropriate for the students to pass around and browse through freely during the lecture.

The final lecture of the term was last week. This week I'm posting a round-up of the books I selected for each class - partly as a memory aid for me next year, but also for of other librarians out there who are interested in teaching with primary sources. I've included a link to a bib record or blog post for more information on each item.

LECTURE: Ancient Greece
BOOK: Karl Kerenyi, Asklepios: Archetypal Image of the Physician's Existence

LECTURE: Hippocrates
BOOK: Hippocrates, Aphorisms, 1638

BOOK: Works of Galen

LECTURE: Arabic medicine
BOOKS: Rhazes, A Treatise on the Small-Pox and Measles
Maimonides, A Treatise on Poisons and their Antidotes
Hunayn ibn Ishaq, The Book of the Ten Treatises on the Eye

LECTURE: The Middle Ages
BOOK: I missed out on this one, but had hoped to bring:
Guglielmo da Saliceto, The Surgery of William of Saliceto
Leonard Rosenman, A Medieval Surgical Pharmacopeia and Formulary

LECTURE: The Renaissance
BOOK: Andreas Vesalius, De humani corporis fabrica

LECTURE: The English Humanists
BOOK: John Caius, The Works of John Caius, M.D.

LECTURE: William Harvey
BOOK: William Harvey, The Works of William Harvey

LECTURE: Willis, Sydenham and Leeuwenhoek
BOOK: Thomas Willis, Pharmaceutice rationalis

I'll change some of these selections in the future, based on what the students seemed to respond to best. In a couple cases I'll also be making different selections that complement the lecture content a little more closely.

Teaching with primary resources is an emerging competency for archivists and special collections librarians. I recently joined the Teaching with Primary Resources Working Group of the Reference, Access and Outreach Section of SAA, and in 2012 I'll be looking for more opportunities to bring our collections into a classroom setting.

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