McGovern Collection

The McGovern Collection contains over 5,500 titles focused on the development of the medical specialties in the late nineteenth century and early twentieth. There are significant sections on pediatrics, allergy and cardiology. The collection emphasis has been American Imprints and English language materials. There are a small number of titles in French or German from the eighteenth century. The Collection holds several early anatomical texts, including a first edition of Vesalius’ Anatomica.

A special section of the McGovern Collection is devoted to the works of Sir William Osler. The collection holds copies of all of Sir William’s writings, most in various editions. There is also a considerable holding of Osleriana, including the annual meetings of the American Osler Society.

All items in the McGovern Collection are cataloged in the Library’s online catalog. Some items have been digitized and are available electronically through the Digital Commons@TMC. Making our resources available online is an ongoing project. More books will be available in the future.

Anatomical Texts

  • Eustachi, Bartolomeo. Tabulae anatomicae clarissimi viri Bartholomaei Eustachii… Romae, Laurentii, & Thomae Pagliarini, 1728.
  • Paaw, Pieter.Primitiae anatomicae de humani corporis ossibus. Lugduni Batavorum: Ex officina Iusti a Colster, 1615.
  • Vesalius, Andreas. Anatomia in qua tota humani corporis fabrica… Amstelodami, Ioannes Ianssonius, 1617. (Available online in DigitalCommons@TMC).

William Osler’s Writings and Osleriana

  • A special section of the McGovern Collection is devoted to the works of Sir William Osler. The collection holds copies of all of Sir William’s writings, most in various editions. There are also a considerable holding of Osleriana, including the annual meetings of the American Osler Society.
  • Cushing, Harvey. The life of Sir William Osler. Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1925.
  • Osler, William. Aequanimitas: with other addresses to medical students, nurses and practitioners of medicine. Philadelphia, P. Blakiston’s Son & Co., 1904.
  • Osler, William. The principles and practice of medicine: designed for the use of practitioners and students of medicine. New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1892. 1st edition, 1st issue.
  • Osler, William. Science and immortality. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1904.
  • St. Johns Hopkins Gastric Quartette. Our regius prof, composed and sung by the St. Johns Hopkins Gastric Quartette. New York, Aequanimitas Press, 1905.
  • Osler, William. Original Papers, 1881-1897. (Available online in DigitalCommons@TMC).
  • Osler, William. Original Papers, 1898-1906. (Available online in DigitalCommons@TMC).
  • Osler, William. Original Papers, 1907-1919. (Available online in DigitalCommons@TMC).

Some of the titles in this collection

Berger, Henry Irving. Diagnosis of cardio-vascular diseases. St. Louis, O. P. Sultan, 1943.
Bland-Sutton, John. Tumours, innocent and malignant: their clinical features and appropriate treatment. London; Paris, Cassell and Co., 1893.
Borden, William C. The use of the Röntgen ray by the Medical Department of the United States Army in the War with Spain (1898). Washington: G.P.O., 1900.
Carpenter, William Benjamin. Elements of physiology: including physiological anatomy. Philadelphia, Blanchard and Lea, 1851.
Eggleston, Cary. Essentials of prescription writing. Philadelphia; London, W.B. Saunders, 1813.
Helferich, Heinrich. Atlas and epitome of traumatic fractures and dislocations. Philadelphia, W. B. Saunders & Co., 1902.
Ricketts, Thomas Frank. The diagnosis of smallpox. New York, Funk and Wagnalls, 1910.
Roth, Grace Marguerite. Tobacco and the cardiovascular system: the effects of smoking and of nicotine on normal persons. Springfield, Ill., Thomas, 1951.
Senac, Jean-Baptiste. Traité de la structure du coeur: de son action, et de ses maladies. Paris: J. Vincent, 1749.