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Robert L. Brown History of Medicine Collection
Health Sciences Library
University of Buffalo, State University of New York

Abbott Hall
Buffalo, New York 14214
United States
Linda Lohr
(716) 829-5737
1 716-829-5737
Fax: (716) 829-2211

Established in 1972, the Robert L. Brown History of Medicine Collection contains more than 13,000 volumes of 19th century monographs with particular strength in the areas of obstetrics/gynecology, surgery, dentistry, psychiatry, pharmacology, and oncology. Additional holdings include a collection of more than 500 pre 19th century titles. The Collection also houses several special collections including the Edgar McGuire Historical Medical Instrument Collection that features medical and health sciences instruments and artifacts such as Auzoux anatomical models, microscopes, and a Staffordshire leech jar; a full run of the Buffalo Medical Journal (1846-1919), the Bonnie and Vern Bullough History of Nursing Collection; the Dr. Homer T. Jackson Collection featuring the notebooks and instruments of Dr. Jackson, a late 19th c. upstate New York country doctor; Historical Artifacts from the UB School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences; as well as a collection of early 20th c. Medical Newspaper Clippings. Publications: Pre-Nineteenth Century Catalogue of the Robert L. Brown History of Medicine Collection.


Pre 19th century: 500+ titles; 19th century: 13,000+ titles.

Subject Strengths:
History of Gynecology and Obstetrics; History of Medicine; History of Neurology; History of Nursing; History of Oncology; History of Pharmacology and Pharmacy; History of Psychiatry; History of Surgery
Last Updated:
02 Apr 2020