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1 The Japanese History of Medicine Collection at the National Library of Medicine Michael J. North March 26, 2003

2 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

3 History of Medicine Division (HMD)  All monographs published before 1914  All serials before 1870  Manuscripts & Archival Collections  Prints, photographs and audiovisuals

4 Historical Japanese Collection  800 books separately shelved  800 books shelved in regular stacks  300 miscellaneous items- prints, photographs, ephemera, scrolls, etc.

5 Goals for the Collection  Evaluation  Cataloging  Preservation  Microfilming

6 Evaluation  What types of materials are there?  When were they created?  Is it an historically significant collection?  How did we acquire it?

7 Historical Consultant  Shizu Sakai, M.D., Ph.D.  Professor Emerita, Department of Medical History, Juntendo University, Tokyo  Contributing Editor, Kokusho somokuroku

8 Material Types  70% printed books  20% manuscripts  10% miscellaneous: prints, photographs, ephemera, scrolls  Dating from 1495 to 1945  1,000 pre-Meiji Period items

9 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

10 Autograph Letters, Edo Period

11 Haremono no zu (1576)

12 Sakurakawa Teizō. Daikei shikimyaku shishin yomon (1798)

13 Hanaoka Seishū. Selected Surgical Procedures (ca. 1810)

14 Hanaoka Seishū.

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16 Jushi-kyo. (Kyoto, ca. 1700)

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18 Johann Kulmus. Kaitai shinsho (Edo, 1774)

19 Kaitai shinsho.


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