The Burns Medical Collection is generally recognized as America's largest and most comprehensive accumulation of early medical and dental photography. The collection Contains over 40,000 original photographs from the 1840-1920 era. Many of these photographs are unique images: Daguerreotypes, Ambrotypes, tintypes and personal albums. Several thousand photos 1920-1996 document modern medical practice including images depicting some of the latest operative procedures. Seven books and hundreds of articles have been produced by the Archive using these photographs. (see Products & Services).
Dr. Rodman Operating. Philadelphia 1902.
The Collection holds many unusual sub-categories such as genital mutilation operations and includes the only known photographs of 19th century practicing phrenologists, blood letting and skull trephination. All health care personnel including alternative medical practitioners are represented. See enclosed list of medical categories.

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