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History of Medicine
Last Updated: Oct 20, 2021 1:11 PM


Welcome to History of Medicine

The Robert L. Brown History of Medicine Collection was established in 1972. The collection was named in 1985 for Robert L. Brown, MD, former Associate Dean of the School of Medicine, in recognition of his strong support of the Abbott Library for more than twenty-five years.

The collection includes historical materials in all areas of the health sciences, including dentistry, medicine nursing, pharmacy, & public health. In addition, the collection contains materials related to the history of UB's Medical School, UB's School of Dentistry, and medical practitioners in the Buffalo area.

This guide aims to assist those doing history of medicine research and highlight the information available at the History of Medicine Collection.

Show Globe

A beautiful show globe

A show globe has been used as a symbol of pharmacy from the 17th century to the early 20th century. It marked the pharmacy or apothecary and oftentimes showcased the pharmacists' skills as they were able to make the vibrant colors with chemicals in their shops.

*Image courtesy of the R. L. Brown History of Medicine Collection, University at Buffalo.*


World War I Horse-Drawn British Ambulance

Model of horse drawn ambulance.

A model of a World War I horse-drawn ambulance manufactured by the Hauser Company of Germany during the early 1930s.

Guide created by Lara Herzellah. Edited by Matthew Gadziala 4/30/2020