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Subject Areas

Objects within the Historical Collection document changes in medicine due to technological innovation. These objects are categorized by function using the 1993 Medical Subject Headings of the National Library of Medicine. A computerized database allows searching by subject and object information, including Medical Subject Headings and manufacturer. Numismatics are cataloged using the themes commemorated by the coin, the date of issue, the issuer and the issuee of the coin.

Current subject areas and time periods include, but are not limited to:

  • Anatomical models (1860 to present)
  • Anesthesia and analgesia (1860 to present)
  • Dentistry (1700 to present)
  • Diagnostic procedures/techniques (1820 to present)
  • Microscopy (1650 to present)
  • Pharmaceuticals (1860 to present)
  • Surgical procedures/techniques (1800 to present)
  • Therapeutic procedures/techniques (1800 to present)