Friday, March 22, 2013

New rare book acquisitions

It's been some time since I've posted about new acquisitions for our rare book collections, and I'm not sure why - it's certainly not because we've lacked news to share in this area. Here are some recent highlights:

Delabarre, C. F. Traité de la partie mécanique de l'art du chirurgien-dentiste. Paris: Delabarre, 1820.
An important early book on dental prosthetics, by a key figure in the development of the field of orthodontics.

Richter, Adolph Leopold. Theoretisch-praktisches Handbuch der Lehre von den Brüchen und Verrenkungen der Knochen. Berlin: Enslin, 1828.
A two-volume work on fractures, with a wealth of fascinating plates showing apparatuses and bandaging techniques used for treating injuries.

Sömmerring, Samuel Thomas von. Samuelis Thomae Soemmering icones embryonum humanorum. Francofurti ad Moenum: Varrentrap et Wenner, 1799. 
A large folio atlas showing the early stages of pregnancy. Soemmering intended this book to complement William Hunter's 1774 atlas of the gravid uterus, which is represented in HC&A by an 1851 reprinting.

All of the above will be cataloged for our rare book collections and available for research in HC&A.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

New images in the Digital Resources Library

Our latest additions to the Digital Resources Library include many early- to mid-twentieth century photographs of Doernbecher Children's Hospital and its staff and patients.

Above: Doernbecher Hospital, circa 1926

Above: Hospital staff and patients, circa 1926-1930s

Above: Hospital entrance facade, undated

Above: Nurse feeding a patient, circa 1950s

Doernbecher Hospital opened in 1926 as the first full-service children's hospital. Today it is recognized as one of the best children's hospitals in the U.S.