This digital collection features selected medications and documents, manuals, and photographs relating to biochemical research and technology, with a focus on 20th-century instrumentation in medical laboratories. Various models of glucose, enzyme, and amino acid analyzers are a few of the instruments documented in these materials.
[Recipes and extracts on alchemy, medicine, metal-working, cosmetics, veterinary science, agriculture, wine-making, and other subjects]
- 1425 – 1450
This manuscript is a diverse and well-organized recipe collection with more than 520 different recipes on topics ranging from alchemy and medicine to solutions for simple household problems such as fleas. A direct…
- Book on the Art of Distilling Compounds
Hieronymous Brunschwig (c. 1453 – c. 1513) was a surgeon in the Imperial Free City of Strasbourg who published on subjects including medicine, the plague, and surgery, though his most important works were those…
- Philosopher’s Heaven or the Secrets of Nature
An early work on the preparation of aqua vitae or the “water of life” (alcohol), by the process of distillation. This treatise describes the distillation process and necessary instrumentation in detail. Aqua vitae was…
- Author Ulstadius, Philippus
- Contributor Albertus, Magnus, Saint, 1193?-1280, Arnaldus, de Villanova, -1311, Llull, Ramon, 1232?-1316, Johannes, de Rupescissa, approximately 1300-approximately 1365., Grüninger, Johann, -1532?
- Subject Alchemy, Distillation, Distillation apparatus, Gold--Therapeutic use, Medicine, Alcohol, Alcohol--Synthesis
- Pandora, That Is, the Noblest Gift of God
First edition. This copy lacks parts of pages 2 and 7 as well as pages 183-184 and 255-256. The missing text on pages 2 and 7 was replaced in handwritten pencil at an unknown date. The work was edited by the physician…
- Treatise on the Heart : likewise, on the movement and color of the blood, and the passage of chyle into it
Work on the anatomy and physiology of the circulatory system. Explores the structure and function of veins and arteries. Correctly describes the heart as a four-chambered organ and accurately describes the flow of the…
Tractatus Quinque Medico-Physici : quorum primus agit de sal-nitro, et spiritu nitro-aereo. Secundus de respiratione. Tertius de respiratione foetus in utero, et ovo. Quartus de motu musculari, et spiritibus animalibus. Ultimus de rhachitide.
- Five Medical-Physical Treatises : the first of which deals with salt-nitro and spirit of nitro-air. The second on respiration. Third on the respiration of the fetus in the womb and the egg. Fourth on muscular motion and animal spirits. The last on rickets.
John Mayow (1643–1679) was an early researcher of respiration and the nature of air. Mayow published tracts on respiration and rickets while studying at Oxford in 1668; in 1674 these were edited and reprinted with three…
Bowls like this one were used to catch the blood released by bleeding. The appearance of blood was a useful diagnostic tool for physicians, who examined it for clues about the body's internal state. This large bowl was…
Gold painted metal can and lid both with extensive dark blue lettering and decoration.The main label reads "LANGLEBERT'S PSYLLIUM SEEDS." The can is full of small brown psyllium seeds, a source of soluble dietary fiber.
Alexander Marcet (1770-1822) was a Genevan physician who specialized in urinary calculi. Marcet was one of few medical practitioners of the time who used chemistry in their explanation and treatment of disease. He was…
The cover and title page are digitized from the first edition of this seminal work responsible for exposing dangerous adulterations to foods and beverages. Food and drug purity legislation followed later in the…
- At the Alchemist
- Circa 1820 – circa 1870
In a small workshop a medical alchemist tends to the foot of a seated patient while the man's wife and child look on. At left, an assistant grinds a substance--likely a medicine or salve--in a small mortar and pestle.…
The title page is digitized from the fourth edition of this seminal work responsible for exposing dangerous adulterations to foods and beverages. Food and drug purity legislation followed later in the nineteenth…
Lecture notes recorded by Jean-Baptiste-Alexandre Stroehlin in Paris when he attended lectures given by Matthieu Orfila. The lectures are organized around specific chemicals, thus there are headings such as "Carbonates"…
Long stem, round bottom flask with custom flange. Needle-size hole on opposite side of flange allows for release of pressure.
- 1863 – 1875
This notebook contains recipes and formulas developed or copied by E. F. Carey while working as an assistant pharmacist in Rhode Island and as the owner operator of a pharmacy in Massachusetts between 1863 and 1875.…
- After 1870 – before 1910
Bottle of Strychnine Sulfate tablets in a brown glass bottle with cork top closure.
Strychnine is a highly toxic, colorless, crystalline alkaloid used today as a pesticide for rodents or birds. When inhaled, swallowed,…
- 1870 – 1900
Diagram depicting a medico-galvanic battery, a type of portable shock-producing electrotherapeutic device commonly in use between 1870 and 1920. Such devices provided both direct and alternating current and were thought…
- After 1880 – before 1970
Blue glass bottle, stained by residue from its contents, with metal screw cap lid and white paper label. The topical ointment once held in this bottle was intended for pain relief. According to the label, the ointment…
- After 1884 – before 1925
Small orange box containing a topical rub intended to treat corns, bunions, and warts.
Willis Tracy Hanson, Sr. (1858-1933) was a New York businessman known for selling patent medicines. These remedies could be…
- A quarterly devoted to the historical and scientific discussion of the botany, pharmacy, chemistry and the therapeutics of the medicinal plants of North America, their constituents, products and sophistications
- 1884-Apr – 1887-Jun
Select plates digitized including drawings of plant specimens, maps illustrating locale of plant specimens as well as magnified illustrations of plant parts.
Featured on the back cover of Puck magazine, this cartoon entitled "The Pasteur Boom—High Times for Hydrophobists" mocks those who traveled to France to receive Louis Pasteur's (1822-1895) new vaccine for the rabies…
- Circa 1889
This photogravure by Gebbie & Husson Co. Ltd. reproduces Thomas Eakins' painting known as The Agnew Clinic (or The Clinic of Dr. Agnew). Eakins was commissioned by the University of Pennsylvania Medical Class of 1889 to…
- After Eakins, Thomas, 1844-1916
- Creator Of Work Gebbie & Husson Co. Ltd.
- Subject Women--Health and hygiene, Eakins, Thomas, 1844-1916, Women's health services, White, J. William (James William), 1850-1916, Surgery--Study and teaching, Nurses, Lumpectomy, Medical students, Gebbie & Husson Co. Ltd., Agnew, D. Hayes (David Hayes), 1818-1892, Medicine--Study and teaching, University of Pennsylvania. Hospital, Women in medicine
Cyanotype depicting a group of female students participating in an anatomy class at the Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania. The group is gathered around a table working on a human cadaver. The students' names are…