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Medical Books From the Cradle Delight in a Digital Age

Lynne Lamberg
JAMA. 2004;292(20):2455-2456. doi:10.1001/jama.292.20.2455.
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The College of Physicians of Philadelphia has a remarkable collection of rare medicine-related books printed from movable type before 1501.

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An ornamental flourish gracing a 1476 edition of Vincent of Beauvais[[rsquo]] encyclopedia, The Mirror of Nature, still pleases the eye.

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In 1543, Andreas Vesalius published his celebrated visual atlas and verbal description of human anatomy, De humani corporis fabrica (On the Fabric of the Human Body).

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Woodville[[rsquo]]s Medical Botany describes all medicinal plants approved by the Royal Colleges of Physicians in London and Edinburgh by the 1790s.

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