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Anatomical Drawings

Flower to Pharmacy

Natural History

Service in Wartime


Schools of Nursing at Pennsylvania Hospital

Surgical Amphitheatre

Works that Altered Modern Medicine


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  • Anatomical Drawings
    From Pastels to PDA's: Medical Education from the 18th c. to the 21st c. exhibits our collection of sixteen Jan Van Rymsdyk anatomical drawings for the first time together in one display. Opening to the public on December 1, 2009, this exhibition is sure to engage visitors interested in the history of medicine.
  • Flower to Pharmacy Exhibition
    This exhibition will showcase the unique botanical volumes that are part of the Historic Library, including works by Linnaeus, Catesby, Bartram, and Barton.
  • Natural History
    The Historic Library has many titles important to the study of natural history which contain vivid illustrations of flora and fauna.
  • Psychiatry
    Psychiatric care has a long tradition at Pennsylvania Hospital. The majority of patients that presented themselves at the Hospital in its earliest years were "Lunaticks"(sic).
  • Surgical Amphitheatre
    The oldest existing surgical amphitheatre in the United States was constructed in 1804.


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