HistoryofScience.com BlogNews Archives: 2006

November 2006

Our Internet List 3, a selection of materials on American Civil War medicine and surgery, can be downloaded in PDF form by clicking on the above link.

October 2006

We issued our second internet list, of books on pathology and materia medica.


We are currently offering for individual sale 32 early Japanese medical and scientific books and manuscripts. These are from the library of Richard C. Rudolph (1909-2003), one of the founders of East Asian studies at UCLA. In 1948-49, while traveling to China on a Fulbright scholarship, Rudolph purchased what would be the core of UCLA’s East Asian Library, which was later named after Rudolph in honor of his seminal contribution. An inveterate bibliophile, Rudolph was especially interested in Japanese and Chinese printing, medicine, botany, physiology and the reception of Western science by the East.

Highlights of our grouping of rare Asian books include two 13th-century Buddhist scrolls, a first edition of Kaempfer’s Amoenitatum exoticarum, and a rare 17th century hand-colored treatise on acupuncture. Download the PDF of our catalogue of books from Rudolph’s library.

June and July 2006

Jeremy appraised the pre-1850 portion of the rare book and manuscript collection of Stanford University’s Lane Medical Library. The project, conducted on the hundredth anniversary of the foundation of Lane Library, involved reviewing and ranking approximately 4500 individual items, making a selection of the top 100 items in the collection, writing detailed annotations for the top 100 items, and writing an illustrated introduction discussing the history of the formation of Lane’s historical collections in the context of the history of Stanford Medical School.

May 2006

In May 2006 Jeremy delivered the first Leslie T. Morton Memorial Lecture to the History of Medicine Section of the Medical Library Association at their meeting in Phoenix, Arizona. The title of Jeremy’s presentation was “A Leslie Morton (and Jeremy Norman) View of Landmarks in the Bibliography of Medicine from Alexandria to the Present.”

March 2006

Jeremy spoke in Stockholm at a seminar entitled Medicine from Art to Science organized by Andras Gedeon at the Svenska Akademien and the Nobelmuseet. The title of Jeremy’s Powerpoint presentation was Bibliographical Landmarks in Medicine, Science, and Technology from Alexandria to the Internet.


Scott Brown interviewed Jeremy concerning the market for rare books by Charles Darwin and other works on the history of evolution for his “On the Market” column entitled Collecting the Evolution Controversy published in the March/April 2006 issue of Fine Books & Collections Magazine.

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