This collection contains rare and valuable books, as well as those fragile volumes requiring special treatment or protection to ensure their preservation. Containing over 2,700 volumes, the Historical Book Collection seeks to document the founding, growth and intellectual development of osteopathic medicine and to provide historical continuity to the research and instructional activities of UNTHSC. The collection is particularly strong in three areas:
Central to the interests of the center, all works relating to osteopathic medicine and all works by osteopathic physicians are collected comprehensively. Included are the complete works of Andrew Taylor Still, the founder of osteopathic medicine, as well as writings of the early pioneers of the profession. Contemporary professional and popular works by D.O.s are extensively represented. The worldwide spread of osteopathic medicine is reflected in books from Great Britain, Australia, France, and Germany.
The historical development of manipulation as a therapeutic procedure is illustrated in volumes from these and related disciplines. Works from Hippocrates to the present are represented, with emphasis on the 19th and 20th Centuries. Included are books by leading figures such as J. Cyriax and J.B. Mennell on orthopedic manipulation; J.C. Tissot and D. Graham on massage; and W. Hood and H. Barker on bone setting.
The rise and development of osteopathic medicine is placed in historical perspective through works illustrating the state of American medical knowledge and education in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. These works, either in original or reprinted editions, include representative textbooks of the day as well as research monographs. The 19th Century also saw rise to many other medical theories and therapies as alternatives to "regular" or "allopathic" medicine, such as chiropractic, herbalism, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, mental healing, and naturopathy.