The opportunities for study and research are diverse; the material is well suited for deeper mapping, can act as an enhancement to the scientific element of medical practice. To handle a first edition of America’s first systematic text on surgery or, to examine the highest quality reproductions of Vesalius prints no longer available increases one’s appreciation, can be said to induce shivers of awe and inspiration. In an ever-increasing age of technological development, steeping oneself in an object from a previous century, signed by an important figure, can be a touchstone to our cultural heritage. Some of the more interesting and finer objects can be found in the abbreviated catalog of the collection.
Visit the collection on the third floor of the Ruth Lilly Medical Library, room 307. After a generous gift in May of 2015, the room was named for Dr. Leo J. McCarthy. The room is open for study Monday through Friday, 10 am until 2 pm; special hours may be scheduled by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.