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For this Halloween edition of Throwback Thursday, we look at one of the rarest volumes in Hirsh’s Special Collections room. Dating back to 1649, The Works of that Famous Chirurgion Ambrose Parey is a landmark in the history of medicine and surgery. This book is profusely illustrated with quaint anatomical woodcuts, portraits, and various examples from natural history. It also includes a chapter entitled Of Monsters and Prodigies, hearsay which for many in the 17th Century, stirred their superstitions and fear of the unknown. Happy Halloween!










ThrowbackThursdays- civil war

Safely stored in the Special Collections Room of the Hirsh Health Sciences Library, is this haunting Civil War surgical kit. Gift of Dr. Murry L. Shipp, M’39, it was made between the years of 1858-1865 right here in Boston by Codman & Shurtleff Surgical Instruments on Tremont Street. This kit contains all its original tools and is remarkably preserved. Should you wish to see it in person and hold a piece of history in your hands, just ask a librarian or an assistant for directions. We’ll provide the white gloves off-course.



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According to the Internet, today is National Pink Day. What does that mean? We’re not entirely sure, but thought we’d take the opportunity to dig into our files and show you some images of Hirsh Library’s rather pink past.




Circa 2003


Pink Detail Collage

Some cheerful pink accents. Top row circa 1998, bottom circa 2003



Some remaining paint and rug discovered when we moved a bookcase during construction of Sackler 607 in July 2014.

In further observance of Pink Day, enjoy this clip from the classic 1957 film Funny Face:

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