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New Exhibition at the National Library of Medicine -- The Horse, A Mirror of Man: Parallels in Early Human and Horse Medicine

National Library of Medicine
8600 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, Md. 20894
History of Medicine Division

Through April 28, 2006
Open Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The History of Medicine Division of the National Library of Medicine invites you to a new mini-exhibition focusing on the history of horse veterinary medicine.

The horse has been one of the most important animals throughout human history, and healing horses has had an important place in veterinary and medical literature. Medieval and Renaissance theories about equine physiology and health often mirrored theories about humans, and the literature of both was inherently linked. Bloodletting, astrology, and ancient texts were used by both physicians and veterinarians to heal their patients, and many discoveries, including the circulation of the blood, developed in tandem.

The exhibition includes a small display of illustrated rare books from the Library's collections dating from 1500 to 1704 featuring images from early veterinary horse medicine.

For further information or images, please contact the curator of the show, Michael North, Head of Rare Books & Early Manuscripts, History of Medicine Division, National Library of Medicine,; 301-496-9204; or visit the HMD Web site:

Last updated: 17 January 2006
First published: 17 January 2006
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