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  • Collection: Boston Medical Library Art and Artifact Collection

1 framed silhouette of Horace Wells.

Dr. J. Collins Warren developed this particular model of dissection knife for use with tumors of the breast and had them produced by Codman and Shurtleff, the famous Boston firm of instrument makers. Dr. Warren presented this set to his colleague,…

This Swiss gold repeating pocket watch was presented by Dr. Henry I. Bowditch to Dr. John Collins Warren "with gratitude and respect" upon his retirement from the faculty of Harvard Medical School on March 2, 1847. At Dr. Warren's death, the watch…

One of the most renowned American surgeons of the 19th century, Dr. John Collins Warren (born on August 1, 1778) graduated from Harvard College in 1797, then began the study of medicine with his father, Dr. John Warren. In 1799, he went abroad,…

One of the most renowned American surgeons of the 19th century, Dr. John Collins Warren (born on August 1, 1778) graduated from Harvard College in 1797, then began the study of medicine with his father, Dr. John Warren. In 1799, he went abroad,…

Advertisement for the stereoscope designed by Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894) and Joseph L. Bates

Sculptor Truman Howe Bartlett made these photographs and measurements of Holmes at the age of 75 with the intention of making a bust, but the project was abandoned as “the necessary sittings were irksome to the subject.” After…

Around 1861, Holmes devised what would later be known as the “American” type of stereoscope—an inexpensive handheld device with slots to hold the stereographs at different distances and a hooded eyepiece overall, distinct from the…

The BPL original was “ordered by the Mayor of Boston, on authority of the City Council, and was paid for by the city,” according to Annual Report of the Trustees and received at that time (January, 1896). The Boston Medical Library copy…