The History of Medicine Division of the National Library of Medicine, the world’s largest medical library, recently announced the completion of a five-year project to catalog its Imperial Russian Era (pre-1917) collection of 5,000 pamphlets and dissertations for degrees in medicine, pharmacy and veterinary science. The core of the NLM collection is over 3,000 medical dissertations submitted to the Imperial Medical-Chirurgical Academy (later, the Imperial Military Medical Academy) in St. Petersburg. Dating from 1849 to 1915, they comprise the most complete run known to exist outside of Russia.
The newly-cataloged collection of pamphlets and dissertations includes the work of Varvara Kashevarova-Rudneva (1844?-1899), the Academy’s first female graduate; as well as of her more famous males colleagues, such as the Noble laureate Ivan Petrovich Pavlov (1849-1936), who is best remembered for his experiments on conditioning and involuntary reflex actions in dogs. Images of Pavlov (but not Kashevarova-Rudneva or Pavlov’s dogs) can be found in NLM’s Images from the History of Medicine (IHM) digital collection.
The entire collection can be searched via NLM’s online catalogue.
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