Presentation on theme: "The Japanese History of Medicine Collection at the National Library of Medicine Michael J. North March 26, 2003."— Presentation transcript:
The Japanese History of Medicine Collection at the National Library of Medicine Michael J. North March 26, 2003
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Bethesda, Maryland Founded 1836 as Library of the U.S. Army Surgeon General Part of National Institutes of Health (NIH) Mission: To collect medical information from all over the world in all formats Over 6 million volumes
History of Medicine Division (HMD) All monographs published before 1914 All serials before 1870 Manuscripts & Archival Collections Prints, photographs and audiovisuals
Historical Japanese Collection 800 books separately shelved 800 books shelved in regular stacks 300 miscellaneous items- prints, photographs, ephemera, scrolls, etc.
Goals for the Collection Evaluation Cataloging Preservation Microfilming
Evaluation What types of materials are there? When were they created? Is it an historically significant collection? How did we acquire it?
Historical Consultant Shizu Sakai, M.D., Ph.D. Professor Emerita, Department of Medical History, Juntendo University, Tokyo Contributing Editor, Kokusho somokuroku
Material Types 70% printed books 20% manuscripts 10% miscellaneous: prints, photographs, ephemera, scrolls Dating from 1495 to 1945 1,000 pre-Meiji Period items
Scholarly Significance? Entire range of Japanese knowledge of healing, health, and disease Intermingling of Japanese traditions with other Eastern and Western traditions High points in medical publishing Unrecorded and unique texts