Samuel C. Harvey, who grew up on a farm in Washington, Connecticut, graduated
from Yale Medical School in 1911. Afterwards, he trained with Cushing at the
Peter Bent Brigham Hospital and served with Cushing in the Harvard Unit in
France in World War I. For 23 years, Harvey was chairman of the Yale
Department of Surgery and Chief Surgeon of New Haven Hospital and then Grace-
New Haven Hospital. An avid historian, Harvey authored a number historical
articles and actively incorporated history into his surgical teaching. At the
time of his death he was a member of the new Department of History of Medicine
and was working on a general history of surgery. He was greatly admired for
his directness, integrity, quickness and brilliance of mind, and Yankee wit.
of the most important works on military surgery during the 18th century. Ravaton,
a skilful army surgeon, was the first to employ a tin boot, suspended on four
rings for the ‘hanging’ position of broken bones. He was also the first to adopt
the double-flap method in amputations.” (Garrison & Morton, 5th ed.) Works of
surgery were among Samuel Harvey’s major collecting interests.
Paris: P. Théophile Barrois le jeune, 1768.
Gift of Samuel C. Harvey
Samuel Clark Harvey
Fund bookplate, 12 x 9cm |
Samuel Clark Harvey Fund bookplate used for purchasing current books on
surgery for the Medical Library.
George Milton Smith bequeathed to the Historical Library in 1951 a magnificent
collection of works on marine biology, especially ichthyology, including many
fine illustrated works of the 16th and 17th centuries. Smith was a graduate of
Yale College (1901) and received his M.D. from Columbia University. In World
War I he served with the Yale Unit overseas (Mobile Hospital No. 39). Between
the wars, he practiced medicine in Waterbury, Connecticut. His very active and
significant research career focused on cancer, including comparative pathology
of tumors in animals, and industrial medicine. From 1933 on, he was a research
associate of the Yale Department of Anatomy. With their common bibliophilic interests,
Smith and Cushing became good friends in the 1930s, and Cushing encouraged him
to leave his treasures to Yale.
Animantium terrestrium, volatilium, et aquatilium effigies ad vivum depictae.
[Images of Terrestrial, Flying, and Aquatic Animals Depicted from Nature].
Frankfurt: Heirs of C. Egenolph, 1562.
This is one of two early bestiaries donated by George Milton Smith as part of
his ichthyology collection. The woodcuts, colored by hand, depict animals with
their names printed above in Latin and German.
|Bookplate of George Milton Smith found in all of the books that he donated.
Milton Smith bookplate
4.5 x 4.5 cm
Gertrude Van Wagenen, a Yale research
scientist, bequeathed, through her brother, Anthony van Wagenen, her marvelous
collection of illustrated anatomical works as well as goiter dolls and ivory
anatomical manikins. Married to Crawford F. Failey, M.D., who inherited great
wealth, she began collecting on travels abroad in the 1920s. Van Wagenen obtained
her Ph.D. at the University of Iowa in 1919. Beginning in 1931, commuting from
her home in New York City, she established a research laboratory and colony of
macaque monkeys, at Yale, and carried out pioneering research on the reproductive
biology of primates. Her modest official title as Research Associate in the Department
of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Lecturer in Anatomy, belied her many scientific
achievements. Van Wagenen’s collection
included several triple folio works such as the eighteenth-century color mezzotints
of anatomies by Jacques Gautier d’Agoty.
This is an edition of one of the smaller-format anatomies
donated by Dr. Van Wagenen, noted for its beautiful copperplate engravings. Casseri,
an accomplished Italian professor of anatomy, was especially known for his research
on the comparative anatomy of the larynx.
Cesare Casseri, ca. 1552-1616.
Tabvlae anatomicae LXXIIXX: omnes nouae nec ante hac visae.
Frankfurt : Impensis & Coelo Matthaei Meriani, 1632.
Anatomical Manikins |European
ivory anatomical manikins of a male and a pregnant female, 17th century, donated
by Gertrude van Wagenen.
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