Time’s Influence on Medical Knowledge

Time is a measurement in which cripples the forms of allowing for the evolution towards what is true, basing present knowledge on previous beliefs and perceptions. The 16th-century novel, Sea Diseases or, A Treatise of their Nature, Caufs, and Cure. Also an Essay on Bleeding in Fevers; Shewing The Quantities of Blood to be Let in Any of Their Periods. The Third Edition, by William Cockburn being a 8” by 5” weighing approximately at half a pound was not in the best physical condition, given that when settled on the foam holder there was a residue of brown dust.

Natural Medicine in the 16th Century

The Osler library, located on the McGill campus, is a place where you can find hundreds of rare and expensive books about medicine written as long as 500 years ago. During my two trips there, I read pages from The Herball or Generall Historie of Plantes, a 1392-page medicine book written by John Gerarde and published in 1597, not very long after the invention of the printing press.

There Are No Scientific Authorities

The Order of the Hospitals is a rare book that was published in 1557 by the mayor and citizens of London. It is a relatively tiny book, roughly 12 centimeters by 7 centimeters and has an estimated weight of 80 grams. The majority of the book is written in the font known as Dutch Black Letter, and it smells like an old church. The cover is brown and bears an elegant gold diamond surrounded by four sword-like symbols that resemble the Fleurdelisé of the Quebec flag.

Women and medicine: midwives in 18th century medical structure

Aristotle's masterpiece, “a manual of sex and pregnancy, first saw the light of day about 1680” (“exclassic”). It is written by an unknown author who used Aristotle as a pseudonym. The copy of the book (which is 24mo in size) in the Osler Library is the early American reproduction of the 1710 London edition, printed for the Company of Flying Stationers in 1793, New York (Gaba). The book is written in English and the font is small.

The Mass Murders of Innocents

The rare book presented above is called De la demonomanie des sorciers written by French jurist Jean Bodin. His work was published in the late 14th century, between the years of 1592 and 1593 in French. De la demonomanie des sorciers is generally written in French; however, there is Grecque as well as Latin. It's estimated weight would be roughly 500 grams and dimensions would be 17 centimeters by 11 centimeters, making it a relatively small book.

A Knowledge Based Analysis of William Cockburn's Sea Diseases

    You can find a plethora of rare books on medicine at the Osler library, ranging from Galileo and Aristotle to unknown and bizarre authors. One of those books, is a book written by William Cockburn in 1736, named Sea Diseases. The author was a Scottish physician, that, in his last few years of life, decided to write a book of all of the illnesses and diseases that appear when at sea and their effects.

Social Inequalities in Aboriginal Communities


An article was published on CBC News on October 24th, 2017. The publication resumes the new initiative taken by the government of Alberta to teach the history and culture of First Nations, Métis and Inuit, and the legacy of residential schools. The measures are taken in order to adopt some of the recommendations made my the national Truth and Reconciliation Commission.