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Jason A. Hannah Collection
University of Toronto, Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library

Medicine--History; Dentistry--History

The collection was established in 1974, with the support of the Hannah Institute's founder, the late Dr. Jason A. Hannah. In 1981,the Faculty of Dentistry donated its history of dentistry collection.

The collection consists of works on medicine and surgery, and the related sciences, anatomy, physiology, etc., for the period from 1500 to 1900. The collection is especially strong in gynaecology and obstetrics. Some one hundred works by Freud (criticisms excluded) are also present. Rare items include early sixteenth century editions of Hippocrates and Galen, and first editions of the works of Freud and Jung. Future plans are to continue to acquire first editions and translations.


10,000 volumes.

Bibliographic Access
The collection is catalogued. Exhibition catalogues describe the collection (see below).

Physical Access
The collection is open to the public with identification. For further information visit:

Interlibrary Loan: No.

Reprography: As the condition of the material warrants.

Reference Assistance: Yes.

Publications Describing Collection
The Early history of medicine: an exhibition of books selected from the Jason A. Hannah Collection in the history of medical and related sciences -- Toronto : University of Toronto, Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, 1974. Dental roots: a history of dentistry from early times to the nineteenth century. -- Toronto : Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto, 1986.