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Laying the groundwork: what really goes into the making of a library?

Mary Yearl, Head Librarian, Osler Library of the History of Medicine lire la version française The library that Sir William Osler bequeathed to the Medical Faculty of McGill University was curated with intent. The original library did not consist simply …

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Research awards at the Osler Library for the History of Medicine

Female figures as shown in three medieval and early modern textsvfrom different regions of the world: Europe, the Middle East, and East Asia

Each year the Osler Library offers a number of awards and travel grants to local and international historians, physicians, graduate and post-doctoral students, and independent scholars whose research touches upon the history of medicine. From now through 6 January 2023, …

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“Talk, Mr. Bond”

In the spirit of Spooky Season, ROAAr’s October “Caption This” featured a rather fascinating image of a blindfolded man sitting in front of what seems to be a sci-fi torture device. Once again, the captions submitted by participants did not …

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The William Feindel Fonds: An archival processing story

The finding aid for the William Feindel fonds is now available on McGill Library’s Archival Collections Catalogue. The McGill University Archives (MUA) acquired the Canadian neurosurgeon’s archival collection in 2005 and several archivists have worked on the collection since its …

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2022 Osler Day Festivities

The Osler Library is back! After four years as guests of ROAAr colleagues in the McLennan Library Building, the Osler Library is again operating out of its home on the third floor of the McIntyre Medical Sciences Building. To celebrate, …

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Meet the Curator – Dr. Maia Isabelle Woolner

cure yourself by electricity

Dr. Maia Isabelle Woolner curated the exhibition Cure Yourself by Electricity! Personal Electrotherapeutic Devices in Canada and Beyond c. 1880s-1930s. On display in the ground floor lobby of the McLennan Library building, the exhibit is a shockingly fascinating tour through …

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Archival Collections Catalogue interface tweaked for increase ease of use

Zoomed in detail on wide tree view of new Archival Collections Catalogue interface.

by Anna Dysert, Associate Librarian, Archives and Manuscripts/Special Collections, Collection Services The McGill Library Archival Collections Catalogue has switched over to a more user-friendly interface to help users navigate archival descriptions. The fresh look will allow researchers to better visualize the relationships between records in a fonds or collection and move between record descriptions. …

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When is a skull just a skull? Changing perspectives on racism in medical education

Lire la version française By Mary Hague-Yearl, History of Medicine Librarian, Osler Library of the History of Medicine Look closely at the skulls shown here below. What do you see? Are they simply former humans? Perhaps your view will change …

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Illustrated Obstetrical Treatises and Professionalization in 18th-century Europe and Japan

Lire la version française By Dr. Mary Hague-Yearl, History of Medicine Librarian, Osler Library of the History of Medicine New at the Osler Library is a pair of books from 1775 that reflect concurrent advances in obstetrical knowledge in Europe …

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Puzzles to make you pause

Spring break, reading week, study break – whatever it means to you, it’s important to take a pause from assignments, deadlines, and Zoom meetings. With no formal academic activities scheduled during the first week of March, this is YOUR time …

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