Strauss Library Gallery New Exhibition

Painting title "Rhazes and Arabic Medicine" by Robert Thom, 1958. Healer sitting next to child who is reclining on a bed with multicolored pillows, receiving an eye examination.
Written by
Dana Abbey
December 16, 2022

The Strauss Health Sciences Library has a new exhibition displaying two library-owned reproduction collections.

Great Moments in Medicine and Great Moments in Pharmacy

Artist Robert Thom (1915-1979) created a series of 85 oil paintings depicting the evolution of medicine and pharmacy through the years. The library has on display 14 of the reproduced images.

From 1948 and 1964, Parke-Davis Pharmaceuticals commissioned Thom to create a series entitled Great Moments in Medicine and Great Moments in Pharmacy from antiquity to the present day (1960s).

Select images from the series are available for viewing online from the National Library of Medicine Digital Collections.

Twenty-Three Hundred Years of Medical Costumes

Award-winning Swiss artist and illustrator Warja Lavater (1913-2007) created “Twenty-Three Hundred Years of Medical Costumes.” She was known for her innovative techniques for teaching literacy and creativity, and authored numerous books. 

 The collection was originally published a softcover paper folder containing the 12 loose color plates in 1962 by Abbott Laboratories, North Chicago, IL. The series spans the time of Hippocrates to the Napoleonic era. The library’s collection is from reproductions.

 The twelve prints are available for viewing online from the National Library of Medicine Digital Collections.

The exhibition currently has no closing date. Please note the library is badged-access.