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History of Medicine Collections: Instruments and Artifacts

Ivory Manikins

The History of Medicine Collections retains the largest collection of ivory anatomical manikins in North America. There are currently 22 ivory anatomical manikins from the Josiah Charles Trent Collection. Most display the female body at a full-term pregnancy. The collection also consists of a few pairs of male and female figures. Dating from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, these manikins may have initially been used by physicians or midwives but quickly became collectors items.

Apothecary Chest

Material culture

The nonprint collection includes medical instruments, pharmaceutical cases, photographs, prints, illustrations, commemorative medals, apothecary jars, microscopes, and other medical artifacts. The History of Medicine artifacts collection adds valuable learning experiences to instruction and outreach as well as exhibits and displays.

View the Material Culture LibGuide for more resources.

Glass eye balls

Photo of rectangular tray of prosthetic glass eyeballs

Renaissance Era Amputation Saw

Ivory Manikin

Female Pills

Photo of brown oval box with lid that includes DR JOHN HOOPER'S FEMALE PILLS. Opened box includes several black round pills.