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History of Medicine

History of Medicine Collection: what, where, and how?

The Dana Medical History Collection contains books, manuscripts and journals from the sixteenth century to the present. The emphasis of the collection is American medicine and health care in Vermont. Dana Library also maintains a collection of old and rare medical instruments.

The bulk of the Medical History Collection, including Dana Medical History, Vermont Medical History, instruments, doctor's bags and kits, and the oversized collections are housed in the Medical History Room within Dana Medical Library. Not all material is housed in this location; some items are located offsite.

Dana staff members can assist you in locating medical history material. Research assistance is available by appointment only. Appointments may be made by emailing Angie Chapple-Sokol at