Special Collections

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Dawne Lucas
Dawne Lucas, MA, MLS
Special Collections Librarian

Visit HSL Special Collections in the Wilcox Reading Room, located on the 5th floor of the Health Sciences Library!

Special Collections at the Health Sciences Library (HSL) includes materials such as:

  • printed works (books, pamphlets, journals, broadsides, posters, and ephemera)
  • manuscripts
  • letters
  • photographs
  • student notebooks
  • medical illustrations
  • medical instruments
  • pharmacy artifacts

 

These materials range in date from the 1500s to the present day, encompassing the history of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, nursing, public health, and the allied medical sciences. The history of the health sciences in North Carolina is strongly represented.

 

A few noteworthy items among many are:

 

The mission of Special Collections at the HSL is to provide a secure and controlled environment for materials of historic value, fragile condition, or those requiring special treatment, and to provide research services and related programming in the history of the health sciences, such as exhibitions, lectures, workshops, and other events.

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For today’s Banned Books Week offering, we’ve got something spooky for you: a book of occult medicine! Leuinio Lennio medico Zirizeo de gli occulti miracoli & uarii ammaestramenti delle cose della natura con probabili ragioni, & artificiosa congiettura confermati : con due tauole, l'una de'capitoli, l'altra delle cose piu notabili was a well-known book of secrets(!) concerning occult medicine, hygiene, and dietetics. Published in 1563, it was banned by the Catholic Church in 1583 - presumably more for the occult medicine than the hygiene tips.

Leuinio Lennio medico Zirizeo de gli occulti miracoli & uarii ammaestramenti delle cose della natura con probabili ragioni, & artificiosa congiettura confermati : con due tauole, l'una de'capitoli, l'altra delle cose piu notabili at UCLA Library Special Collections.

It’s Banned Books Week! Check out this item from our friends at UCLA.