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!
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Ever thought of writing a poem on the diseases of the teeth? Well, Solyman Brown did, back in 1840. A copy of this book is held right here at Hirsh in the Special Collections room, should you have the urge to read it cover to cover. But for now, here are a few stanzas from this landmark in dental poetry:
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