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Medicine

Illustration from De Humani Corporis Fabrica Libri VII by Andreas Vesalius, Basel, undated

Illustration from De Humani Corporis Fabrica Libri VII by Andreas Vesalius, Basel, undated

Medicine has been taught in Trinity College Dublin for almost 300 years. The collections cover the development of medical science from the ancients to the present. There are numerous early editions of the works of Galen and Hippocrates. The early modern developments in anatomy are in A. Vesalius, De Humani Corporis Fabrica, Basel, 1543. Early surgery is illustrated in A. Paré, Opera Chirurgica, Paris, 1582.

Exploration brought European nations into contact with unfamiliar diseases and medical remedies and these are reflected in a range of 18th-century publications. British and Irish publications recording advances in medicine in the 19th century are contained in the wide range of books received under copyright legislation.