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Medical Instruments

This is a large collection of antique medical instruments and related objects acquired over the years entirely through donation. Many of the objects were the property of Yale Medical faculty and graduates, a number of whom practiced in Connecticut. 

Although the collection includes a few Roman, Chinese and seventeenth and eighteenth century objects, most are nineteenth and early twentieth century. Many of the objects were the property of Yale Medical faculty and graduates, a number of whom practiced in Connecticut. An important collection of obstetrical instruments was donated by Yale obstetrician Dr. Herbert Thoms. There are included, also, a number of elegantly made surgical instrument kits. Collections of mortars, pestles, apothecary jars and paper wrapped pharmaceuticals await more exact identification.

Many of the items have not been completely identified. If anyone has more information to contribute, it would be appreciated. Please contact us at: historical.library@yale.edu.

The Historical Library thanks Dr. Bernard Kosto, YC 1957, YMS 1961, HS 1962, for volunteering to describe and photographing our instruments, and to enter the metadata into the Digital Library; Florence Gillich for sorting, cropping and otherwise managing all of the images and working with Dr. Kosto on how to work with the Digital Library: interface; and Arthur Belanger for mounting the images on the Digital Library and for programming that enables the user to view several images per instrument.