Medical Collection

Subject strengths: Medicine, History

This is a collection of over 2,000 volumes and hundreds of pamphlets, covering the history of medicine and a broad range of medical subjects. The collection is rich in seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth century works.

It includes books from the medical library of noted South Shields doctor T.M. Winterbottom (1766-1859), and highlights include Erasmus Darwin's Zoonomia (1794), John Abercrombie's Pathological and Practical Researches on Diseases of the Brain and Spinal Cord (1828), considered to have been the first textbook on Neuropathology, and several works by the famed botanist, humanist and physician Herman Boerhaave (1668-1738).


Collection Name and Collection Reference Code:

Collection Name: Medical Collection

Library Search Collection Ref Code: Med. Coll.

Date Range of Material

1701 - 1897

Type of Material

Rare book collection

Size of Collection

132 Linear Metres of shelving 

How To Order Items From This Collection

The books within this collection are described within the Newcastle University Library Search and can be ordered directly from the catalogue.

This link to the Library Search will show a list of all the items within the collection. Please note this link is available to members of the public as well as University staff and students.

You can then place your order by linking to our Request Form

Unable to visit our Reading Room?

If you are unable to visit our reading room, we also have a virtual reading room service and a digitisation service. 

Other Resources

Items from the collection were included in Treasure of the Month feature for October 2017

See also Pybus (Professor Frederick) Collection for published works on the history of medicine.

See more digitised content from this collection at CollectionsCaptured.