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Commemorations of Birth and Death

Among the Boston Medical Library’s more unusual holdings is its collection of more than 4,000 medical medals and coins. Horatio Robinson Storer, Class of 1853, presented the bulk of the collection to the library in 1900, in memory of his father. After contracting septicemia in 1872, Storer was compelled to abandon his gynecological practice and turned to the study and collection of coins and medals, specifically those relating to medicine, collecting portrait medals of individuals as well as medals relating to diseases, hospitals, medical colleges, societies, institutions, nursing, and pharmacy.

Read a related story on improvements in safety and comfort for women giving birth in the Winter 2013 issue of Harvard Medicine magazine.

Photos: Paul Morrison

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